What would you do if one day a man came at you in a diner, knowing everything that can be known about you, and he will tell you that you will die in the near future? Of course it is a scary thought but just picture it. Christopher Grant Harvey’s ‘Tears in the Rain’ takes this issue to another level and makes the most out of it. Whilst watching this short we’ve experienced mixed feelings because the action is so deep and introspective that it will easily blow one's mind.
The story is set in Philip K. Dick’s world from the novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ and it foregrounds a world where technology is the ultimate power. Most of the action happens in a diner in a futuristic world, where cars can fly and the overall backdrop looks grey and shady. In this world, owning a parrot is seen as owning a gun in our world – you need a license for it, people will look at you differently and they will start asking questions with every occasion. This world seems to invent and reinvent itself every minute. We couldn’t determine if it was a perfect or a messed up one, but these questionable worlds are always of great interest even for the less curious viewers.
The two main characters are doing an amazing job with their roles. The insecurity that flows in the air is enhanced by their dialogue, messy at times, but carefully thought this way on purpose. The cinematography is outstanding and so is the score and sound editing. The charm of this short is given by the sharp lines of John Kampff (played by Sean Cameron Michael) who seems to know everything about his interlocutor, ranging from childhood memories to the exact time of death.
‘Tears in the Rain’ is not a regular short movie that you can watch once and get on with your life. No... it is an absolute sensorial experience that one should not miss!
Written by Vlad A. G