A young man faces a life of hatred and bigotry from his father, following the loss of his mother in the contemporary short film Iridescence by Maxime Beauchamp.
Whilst the world has become more open-minded when it comes to homosexuality in recent years, bigotry and homophobia are still strife, and it can be a catalyst in dividing families. This is the topic of Iridescence – a short film from director Maxime Beauchamp.
With his mother gone, Logan (Jhomar Suyom) is now subjected to a life of both physical and mental abuse at the hands of his father, Vince (Andrew Nadanyi). Using a tattoo gun, Vince stains his son’s skin with words such as worthless, weak, feminine and more in order for his son to remember to be the man Vince wants him to be. With such hatred and cruelty, it’s hard to like a character such as Vince, yet he is hiding a dark secret of his own – one that helps us understand his motives.
Whilst the plot of Iridescence sounds great, Beauchamp puts a huge spin on proceedings by making the short eight-minute film totally dialogue-free. Yes, you read that right, there is no dialogue what so ever. Instead, the story is told through the medium of contemporary dance – and it really works. At no point did I need any throwaway lines of dialogue when the story that was being told was easy to understand due to the powerful imagery on screen. The dancing was sensuous and it was used well to progress the story – reminding me of the classic music video for Running up that Hill (Deal with God) by Kate Bush. Credit needs to be given to the choreographer Danielle Gardner for crafting a well-performed routine.
The acting and dancing by all the performances are excellent, in fact, I’d go as far as to say that there is nothing in the short film that I didn’t like. The production design was well thought out, the directing was sublime and the music worked very well with the cinematography. One aspect that really stood out (for me personally) was the editing by Duy N. Bui; using some excellent flashy techniques that never look gimmicky or out of place, the film is cut in such a way that it just raises the production to another level.
Iridescence is a fantastic short film that totally deserves at least eight minutes of your time. It’s different and, when it’s done as well as this, that’s nothing but a good thing.