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“Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain from you your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness.” – this may be Charles Bukowski’s best known quote, that despite of its massive superficial usage on social media, is in fact a very deep mantra to live by. Almost every author, philosopher, painter, or musician tried to explain love through a personal point of view, and even though their ideas may seem different, the ending result orbits around one universal truth that resides in the core of this term. And the interesting fact is that either way they discuss it, the result remains all the time inexplicable.


Rick Masi came with his own version of explaining this concept, and he did it through a case that will totally leave the viewer in tears. ‘Tales of Darkened Light- Runaways’ is a unique short, and we know how hard it is to say something so big about a short film. The story may seem superficial in the beginning, and truth be told, there are many moments when it tends to become predictable. What makes it special is the spin-off in the end, an ending that would make every postmodern prose writer jealous.

The emotional side is sustained by the black and white shooting format and by the beautiful monologue delivered right near the end. If we had a hall of fame for best monologue in a short film, this one would have received the highest achievement. Seen from a literary point of view, we can compare it to Granger’s speech from Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’, the “live as you’d drop dead in ten seconds”. Even though the situations are not the same, the impact is quite comparable, making Rick Masi’s short a must see for every movie enthusiast!

Written by Vlad A. G

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