The stories of unknown people are always fascinating for us, since the contexts we are confronted with can completely change the perception of our life. ‘Where There Is Too Much Light‘ is an intelligent short film that materializes a scenario of this uncontrollable fascination, questioning an unexpected encounter between two lonely people to whom life was not as tender as they expected. Thus, one of the main themes approached by director Lorenzo Mannino is the decisive impact of the hazard that shapes our own destiny, orchestrating an intense visual experience with a magnetic chromatic and soundtrack recalling sometimes Gaspar Noé’s projects. However, unlike the Argentine filmmaker’s creations, Lorenzo Mannino never gets into the area of abyssal violence, even if the techniques used promise such an emotional and visceral explosion. Therefore, this short film is a remarkable example of a cinematic exercise that deceives viewers’ expectations, even if the director strategically places some clues that seem to anticipate a bloody outburst of animal pulses that can continue behind the scenes after the movie is over.
Despite the relatively banal premise, this short film succeeds in avoiding the predictable patterns of an apparently ingenuous social interaction with which the project starts. Nicola, a lonely man and a former photographer with a violent life experience, is picked up in a Milan club by Francesca, an aspiring actress who, despite compromises made, has not reached the desired social status and celebrity. From the encounter of these unfulfilled destinies, the beginning of an emotional relationship seems to come true, but the abrupt finale removes the conventional epic domino, attacking in the subtext the dark desires of individuals who will never dominate their violent instincts.