Eduardo has tooth ache and thanks to his wife’s support and a pair of pliers, he is going to take care of it himself. We review the short film Eduardo, after the jump.
It has got to be one of the worst pains known to mankind – the dreaded dull throbbing of toothache. Whilst the majority of people would make an appointment to see a dentist and have a professional look at it, Eduardo decides to pull out the rotting tooth himself and the only tools he needs to complete the job are a pair of pliers, a couple of bottles of beer and a joke courtesy of his wife.
The first thing you notice about the short film Eduardo is that it looks fantastic. This is down to director Michael Stevantoni’s decision to shoot the short on Super 8. Yes, you read that right, he shot it on 8mm film. In an era where nearly everybody has turned to the easily-obtainable digital cameras, Stevantoni and his cinematographer Nicholas Bradford have opted for shooting on film and it totally works. The grain and colours combine to make this short look like it was made in the late ‘70s or early 80’s, and it suits the mood of the film.
The film is very short, coming in at just over five minutes in length, including the end titles. This is my only gripe. I was enjoying the short so much, I wanted to see more and I wanted a big punch line. Something along the lines of Eduardo laughing so much at his wife’s joke; that he accidently pulls out the wrong tooth, but it wasn’t to be. Still, Eduardo is a sweet and beautiful looking film and one that I really enjoyed. It is filled with wonderful, realistic performances and production design that just adds to the screenplay in a great manner.
One of Michael Stevantoni’s biggest positives, along with being a very capable director, is that he is not afraid to experiment. We at Screen Critix have now reviewed two of his short films and both have been very different; Sitting on a Fire Escape Eating Eggs, and now Eduardo. In a world where the films that dominate are usually copy and pasted from earlier work, film lovers need visionaries who can change the way we think and feel through the medium of film. People like Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Could Michael Stevantoni follow in their footsteps? Only time will tell, but I will be watching his career with a keen eye.