Do you remember the shivers up your spine when you first watched “Twin Peaks”? Do you remember the strange English of those who entered the dwarf’s house? Or Laura Palmer’s body? Or the macabre magnetism of the forest that hid terrifying secrets? All those are somewhat filtered in the short film ‘Dog‘, which, far from being a pastiche of the famous series by David Lynch, manages to meet the demands of that Lynchian atmosphere. Laurie Corlett-Donald offers us through his experimental project a brutal immersion in the mental universe of a narrator-character, located on the border between reality and dream.
Designed as a kind of cinematic essay-poem on the idea of depression, this short film combines not only images and sounds, but also words and symbols that explore the opposition between the daily mutism and the inner noise of a tormented mind. Such a project is almost always a sensory experience rather than a coherent and homogeneous exploration of a narrative thread. That is why this short film is more like an emotional shock, a kind of visceral meditation on the condition of a person suffering from depression, illustrating in a symbolic way the act of (self-)killing as a form of cyclical manifestation of the soul’s disease.