“Tamarisk,” today’s Movie Monday offering, comes via a cool short clip I saw on Autumnforest’s blog. This is a short film her son made for a college project. Like his mom, he’s loaded with talent and creativity. (Not too long ago he also put on a gallery show that drew lots of attention and also featured one of his paintings.)
“Tamarisk” is really different. It kind of has this artsy feel to it, yet in a haunting way. Maybe the hauntingness is due to the music? Or maybe to the round view? Or the old, faded feel? Or maybe because we never see the man’s face? Or because we only see one person wandering around this desolate, abandoned place?
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I liked how it evoked both tension and expectation even though there’s no dialogue or real “plot.” I kept waiting for something to happen, and felt nervous that this man was by himself in a place I’m not sure he should be. (Because, going back to the first part of expecting something to happen, I was waiting for mutants or zombies to suddenly come after him. Or at least a cop to say, “Hey, you’re trespassing! Beat it!”)
But that’s what made it fun. If you haven’t already seen it over at Ghost Hunting Theories, I hope you enjoy it here. (And if you do, maybe stop by and let Autumnforest know you dug her son’s work.)