Mona Lisa

Director: Sotiris Dounoukos

Tagline: That’s what mothers are for…

A man is trying to sneak out of the house and leave his mother asleep in the front room when she wakes up, dooming his plans for the evening. It turns out that the man is meant to be meeting his boyfriend’s parents for the first time and he doesn’t want to be late. His mum doesn’t know any better and says it is OK for him to bring girls home as she doesn’t mind.

He is torn between leaving his mother at home by herself and keeping his appointment with his friend. What will he do?

Although the story was somewhat familiar to other shorts I have seen, I enjoyed this film due to the interaction between the two main characters in such an intimate environment.

The mother in particular seemed totally believable as I have seen many little old ladies in the community that look just like her. The performance of the frustrated son was also great.

I enjoyed how the short was filmed totally on location, which made it a lot more atmospheric and claustrophobic. Also of note was how it was framed, it seemed that most of the time the actors only occupied 1/3 of the frame, giving the movie a slightly detached feel. I also enjoyed the surrealism present in some scenes also.

Rating: 8/10

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