The last couple of years in cinematography were mainly based on raising awareness. For sure this film will have a positive response because let’s face it, who will intervene in a campaign on child abuse or women abuse? So from the beginning, these kinds of films have leverage when it comes to the story – which is unbeatable! Then, it doesn't matter if the movie is good or a total failure, everything is centered on the message, and you can't say a thing about it because you will be perceived as the bad guy.
In Marilyn O'Connor’s case, the short movie has it all: a story we’ve seen a couple of times in the past, a great cinematography, marvelous acting and a very good score. Even if it is under four minutes running time, this short is really a puzzler. After watching it, you remain with some serious questions in your head that need answers fast. Leaving in a society where abuse is a recurrent topic, the answers are coming faster than we can imagine.
The story is very simple and orbits around the average family: one in five Irish women suffers from domestic abuse. The case presented here is of a woman that copes very hard with her abusive husband and dealing with him is the worst challenge she has to endure on a daily basis. Their daughter witnesses this process several times and she is scared by the power of the man. The last shot of the short presents us the girl going into the kitchen only to find her mother like no kid would ever want to see their mother – lying on the floor, almost breathless.
Dealing with such massive issues, Marilyn O'Connor proves that she understands this critical situation and does as much as she can to change it as soon as possible. We are aware of the great danger man is to man, and we are entirely supporting her message.
Written by Vlad A. G