excellent short films by well known directors

Started by Just Withnail, September 13, 2013, 04:14:48 AM

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Fabrice du Welz's Quand on est amoureux, c'est merveilleux (1999), no subs. Shot by Benoît Debie.


Mlle Lara has trouble with men so for her birthday she plans something special in pursuit of a wonderful love.

Quote from: IMDB user Bunuel1976Surprisingly enough, this completely unheralded horror short from the director of THE ORDEAL (2004; included on the Tartan DVD) proved more rewarding for me. Maybe it is because the plot in itself is so preposterous as to be effortlessly (and darkly) amusing. Here we have an unattractive, socially-deficient woman who, as a birthday present for herself, hires a strapping male stripper to perform at a non-existent party held in her dingy apartment.

The guy is foolish enough to sit down and much on some cake but, thanks to a fork in the throat, inadvertently finds himself as the girl's bedside companion. Even as her 'boyfriend' rots away under the sheets, she posts adverts in the newspaper calling for an adventurous couple to join them in a foursome! But, after some initial titillation, the unlikely correspondents – a short man sporting a moustache and a long-legged blonde – are soon disgusted by what they find there and split the scene.

But, wait – it gets stranger: the hideously deformed and cerebrally-impaired butcher boy gets very distracted every time the lead character comes into the shop (which is quite often) and, after the latest admonishment from his unsympathetic boss, he summons up enough courage to call at the woman's apartment and declare himself to her...




Jim Henson's Time Piece (1965)

Everyman is frustrated by the typical tasks of a typical day, leading to a stream-of-consciousness journey from his bedroom, to the jungle, and to a nightclub.

Currently on Mubi. There are free versions online, but it's such night and day restored it'd be a shame to link them - see the preview.

Mubi has a 4 months for $4 deal going on right now that ends Monday.