My old college friend Tom Rotenberg has teamed up with his writing partner Jacob Reynolds, the star of Harmony Korine’s cult-favorite Gummo, to create a short film entitled Two Years. I had the privilege of seeing it a few months ago, and it’s nothing short of gorgeous: a simple but moving plot, characters to whom you feel connected in a matter of minutes, and beautiful cinematography. I wasn’t a film studies major, so I don’t know the terminology to describe it accurately, but the camera focuses and dulls certain images, like a faucet dripping, and focuses closely on a person’s mouth while he talks. We see the eyes of someone listening and understand him more deeply than if his whole face were in the frame.
I love short stories because the author has to use each word carefully. She must consider if there is a better word to convey more, the sound of the words together, even the appearance of one word next to another. With such short space, one must be even more prudent with her craft. And the same holds true for short films; they must pack a punch in a small amount of time, and this film certainly does. Congratulations, Tom. Trailer below. xo, m