To a certain extent, ‘We Kept Our Sigh Quiet’ reminded us of that indie pop-culture hit film named ‘Submarine’ for the reason that in both cases, we see a shy boy who tries his best to make the girl of his dreams notice him, which at some point she does, but towards the end it turns out that their love isnt that easy to achieve. Where these two films actually split apart is at the reasoning part – while in ‘Submarine’, the love is not shared for a more superficial reason, in ‘We Kept Our Sigh Quiet’ the love isn't meant to be because of a horrible and extreme reason.
Fnu Wuyunqimuge’s story is powerful yet extremely sad and painful, making the viewer "die" inside a little bit thinking and realizing that there are people of this kind out there, doing despicable things to others. Unfortunately, the story is real, all the more so since over the years we have encountered news depicting the same kind of abuse. We cannot hear the silent cry of the victims, and we do not even know how to help, or where to find them, but we as a society should definitely do something about this matter as soon as possible.
We got praiseworthy acting from the two formidable actors depicting the young teens – Matthew Millers and Julianne Collins, playing the main characters in a way that got us applauding in front of the screen as soon as the film ended. The impeccable way both of them are playing their flaws whilst pushing forward their weaknesses is something we have rarely been given the chance to find in a short film. The score is not Alex Turner's from the aforementioned movie, but it is from the same range, giving this film the overall aspect of a pop-culture must-see piece. The ending will be a surprise for the viewers, but at the same time can be viewed as a wake-up call for our generation that can - and should - change the oddities happening among us.
Written by Vlad A. G