A street artist and a war veteran form an unlikely friendship, but their lives soon take a drastic turn in A Peace of Autumn. Review after the jump.
Written, directed by and starring Joseph Arnone; A Peace of Autumn sees a street artist called Kora (Daniella Alma) mugged at night. After chasing the thief, she returns to the scene of the crime and meets Cliff (Joseph Arnone) – a strange war veteran, who offers her his own wallet as a gift.
The two are soon getting to know each other, or as much as Cliff wants Kora to know (which isn’t a great deal). Kora, who is still devastated at the loss of her brother, views Cliff as a way of redemption and wants to help him get past his suicidal intentions.
They then go on a journey, one that changes their lives forever and the film as a whole. I for one am not going to spoil the ending here, but what I will say is that it was totally unexpected. Of which is a great thing. Not many movies can really surprise me with their endings, Se7en did, The Usual Suspects did, The Sixth Sense did, Kill List did, and now I can add A Peace of Autumn to that list.
A Peace of Autumn is wonderfully shot and the change of sharp and soft focus (especially at the beginning) really suited the mood. The acting by both Daniella and Joseph was also excellent and they add much depth to their unique and somewhat strange characters.
I did have a little problem with the sound at parts. I think the film would have been a whole lot better with some top sound design, but seeing as the film was made with little to no budget, we can’t really complain.
A Peace of Autumn is a short film full of great performances and a totally unexpected ending. Keep a look out for it, you won’t be disappointed.