Not many times in the past we’ve watched a movie and instantly, whilst watching it, a song happened to pop in our mind. In the case of ‘Everything Must Go’, there were some lyrics that went on playing over and over again in our minds even way after the movie ended. What was playing was Champagne Supernova from Brit’s cult 90’s band Oasis. “Wake up the dawn and ask her why / A dreamer dreams, she never dies/ Wipe that tear away now from your eye/ Slowly walking down the hall / Faster than a cannonball” – even though these lyrics aren’t particularly related to what is in this short, the feeling they gave us is the same, and the proverbial sadness that is to be felt whilst watching a movie like this one caught us as we listened to ‘Champagne Supernova’.
Dealing with such a disease like multiple sclerosis in her short, Allanna Ward took a gigantic risk, but luckily for her and also for us she did a great job and made it look manageable. Even though it looks easy, it is really hard to make art out of pain; if the visceral side of the story is not truly expressive, the plot will fade away in a blink of an eye. But in ‘Everything must go’, the pain is real, the overall emphasis made it look shocking for the viewer, and this is what you, as a director wish for your movie: to look believable.
The actors are doing an incredible job coping with such problems in a rather distant way. The two main mirror shots, the one in the beginning and the one in the end are the quintessential points of this movie, the key moments where the sadness prevails, and even for us, this was a highly emotional moment that changed our perspective upon this short. Allanna Ward managed to impress with this piece of cinematography, and we can even bet she will receive a great feedback from the audiences all over the world.
Written by Vlad A. G