There are certain short films that, after seeing them, you can only say: excellent! Well, yes, ‘Velvet Farewell‘ is an impeccably made short film. In addition, when we found out that the young director Micheal Eastman is at the beginning of his career, our admiration increased even more. The quality of this project consists not only in the professionalism of its editing and cinematography, but also in the complexity of the characters that introduce us to the intimacy of a delicate and toxic relationship. Thus, despite the thriller structure whose atmosphere seems to hunt its viewer like a prey, the short film avoids the conventional narrative of the genre, slipping from the predictability of an explicit violent outcome to an implosive detonation. The two protagonists thus face not only the choices from their own past, the haunting ghosts of the gestures that marked their existential path, but also the unconscious madness of a present that imperceptibly reaches a kind of daily absurdity.
Although many years have passed, the encounter between a woman and her daughter’s ex-boyfriend triggers a series of revelations hiding many unhealed wounds. However, it is difficult to say who the monster and who the victim is – this is one of the greatest qualities of the story that doesn’t portray the confrontation of two opposite identities, but subtly explores the neuralgic points of the human psyche.