Short Film Review “Sailcloth”

Directed by: Elfar Adalsteins
Starring: John Hurt
Disturbed by: Berserk Films
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 17 minutes

Our Score: 5 out of 5 stars

This a beautiful wordless short film with wonderful acting. John Hurt is such an amazing actor, which he has proved over his career. He further proves this by starring in this amazing short and without speaking a single word. That is something that very few people can do well. He simply nails it. The film is lead by an amazing score, which takes us on this beautiful visual journey.

The story follows an elderly man (John Hurt) who sneaks out of an assisted living home to head to the sea. He sets out on a sailboat with his self-made sail and sets out on a mission. Once he gets on board, he reveals a picture of a woman (probably his past on wife or lover) and there is a dance scene with the two, which is so well depicted behind this sailcloth. He then begins to set the boat on fire and send himself overboard attached to an anchor bringing down himself and the boat. It is the story of a man has lead a good life and is lost without his love. It is very touching and well done.

It is very smartly written and directed by Elfar Adalsteins. He tells this amazing story so well in such a short period of time. It has some really beautiful cinematography courtesy of Karl Oskarsson. I have to say though since this film is wordless besides the acting, the credit needs to be go Richard Cottle for creating the original music that drives this short. Overall such a beautiful and touching film. Must see! John Hurt better win many awards for this film.

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