‘Resonance’ can be seen as an another interpretation of Joy Division’s 1980’s track, ‘Atmosphere’ that goes like this: “Walk in silence,/ Don't walk away, in silence./ See the danger,/Always danger,/Endless talking,/Life rebuilding,/Don't walk away.” What Ian Curtis wanted to say in the early 80’s is what Kaushal Kumar Singh transferred into his motion picture in 2016, thirty six years apart. The sound of silence is dangerous, and if you are not aware of it, it may steal you. In ‘Resonance’, the spiritual connection between people is a result of overwhelming silence.
We will focus our attention on the last scene of the short, where the young character deals with the inevitability of death way too early in their life. The way she perceives it is more than a grown up can imagine and express. Her way of saying that her mom and her brother went to live together in eternity is heartbreaking and truth be told, not every day you have the chance to see a kid play such a hard moment in a perfect manner.
One thing we didn’t like about this movie was the cinematography. There were several situations where things got shaky. First of all, the sound was not properly equalized, so as in many situations we can hear the score going over the dialogue and make it very hard to understand. Second of all, the noise threshold is pretty high here and at different moments in the short we feel like the words come out through a robotic filter. Natural voice is way more relevant than processed one. Also, the camera movement is not always in place. We really liked the general theme, but at times, the filming technique was not what we had expected.
All in all, ‘Resonance’ is a movie of powerful emotions, highly philosophical themed, but the technicalities killed our enthusiasm way too early.
Written by Vlad A. G