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In 'The Red Oak', Danyal Zalfar tries to prove how the demons you tried to cure in other people can come back and haunt your life. This movie is a quest of discovering the real inner self beside the baggage that was gained unintentionally by the man in charge.

First of all, we would like to focus our attention on how this short was made. The image is clear and beautiful, the score is good, the filming location was very well chosen. The plot is good, but it wasn’t one hundred percent convincing to us. There are some parts that seem kind of superficial, and it looks like even the director, Danyal Zalfar, does not totally believe this plot.

The story seems genuine, even though at some points it looks like something we’ve seen in other movies. Craziness is something that was speculated a lot in literature and in cinematography. We may say that is almost as popular as love, and many of the authors that produced art based on this subject interpreted craziness in their own personal way. Danyal Zalfar doesn’t seem to have a personal perception on this matter, and at some point it’s understandable – if we go back at the love comparison, how many artists can reinvent love now, after everything that could be said was said? It is exactly the same here – Zalfar is influenced by the many interpretations craziness got in time and he makes a mix out of it.

This movie is from start to finish a well produced and directed film whereas the performances are outstanding. We are glad to have been given the chance to watch this short, and that is because it is more than just a short – this movie is based on real facts and we can see it more as a life experience rather than a fiction.

'The Red Oak' is a short that is totally worth the time of specific viewers. It brings back some ideas you’ve seen in other movies this kind, but in a good way. If bohemian craziness is on your interest list, then 'The Red Oak' is the right short movie for you.  


Written by Vlad A. G

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