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The Secret Friend

Posted by keith1942 on April 1, 2011

Screened in the short film programme at the Bradford Interntional Film Festival, 2011.

USA 2010, colour, 15 minutes.

Director: Flavio Alves Brazil.


This is one of the short films that are screened throughout the Festival. And it managed to be original and delightful viewing. It was filmed in New York and shot on 35mm, so it looks good.

The central character is Anna Marshall, adjusting to life after the death of her husband. The film opens with a visit from a sympathetic neighbour, who is, however, taken up with other things than a grieving widow. So, alone at home, Anna receives a mysterious phone call, the only audible sound is breathing at the other end of the line. The call occurs at 3.30 p.m. And, sure enough, more calls follow, nearly always at 3.30 p.m. At first irritated, Anna becomes increasingly intrigued by the wordless caller and start herself to fill the silence. The development of this unusual premise is delightful and the film is both funny and positive about Anna’s situation. It would be a shame to disclose the climax but it reveals unexpected resilience from Anna.



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