Moment Of Clarity

Moment Of Clarity


Reviewed by: Jennie Kermode

It's the morning after the night before. The music has stopped, the focus tightened; everything is clear. And yet, for our protagonist, waking up beside a woman he barely remembers, nothing is quite what it seems.

Inspired by Hitchcock and with tight camerawork which honours that debt, Moment Of Clarity is a taut little thriller that does a lot with its two minute running time. There are questions here not only about lust and love but also about identity. What does it mean for our understanding of who we are when we let alcohol change our personalities, or when we can't remember what we've done? How should the waking man feel about the person he's been, and will he be that person again? The exploration of these themes is not flawless but it still draws the viewer in.

Beautifully photographed in black and white, effectively shifting in tone between the memory and the moment, the film certainly makes an effective calling card. Like the best Hitchcock, it uses light in a way that makes it just as chilling as darkness. Fisher is one to watch out for.

Reviewed on: 28 Jul 2013
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Nothing is quite what it seemed, the morning after.

Director: James Fisher

Writer: James Fisher

Starring: Lucas Hansen, Chloe Farnworth

Year: 2013

Runtime: 2 minutes

Country: UK


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