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The Last Ten (2011)

| Short, Crime, Mystery
A nameless man arrives home one evening, he steps in from the pouring rain and contemplates the towering stairwell that separates him from his apartment. He begins his ascent, unaware of ... See full summary »

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David Higgs

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David Higgs (story), David Higgs
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Chris Barritt ... Gentleman
Gerard Bell Gerard Bell ... Gentleman Witness
Joseph Browder Joseph Browder ... Drunk Neighbour
Lino Facioli ... Little Boy Witness
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A nameless man arrives home one evening, he steps in from the pouring rain and contemplates the towering stairwell that separates him from his apartment. He begins his ascent, unaware of the impending disaster that awaits him at the top. He has ten minutes left to live. His wife has even less. Written by Anonymous

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A little too long but tensely delivered with good sound and lighting
27 March 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

A familiar story – a man comes home unexpectedly early and walks in on his wife having sex with her lover resulting in a violent confrontation. In terms of story then this short film does more or less what you expect of it and yet it works very well because of the manner of delivery. Filmed in a series of long takes which give the impression of one 13 minute take, the camera hardly moves from its vantage point on the ceiling of a stairwell looking straight down. From here we can see the stairs all the way to the ground floor as well as the couple of doors on the upper levels (including that where the action occurs).

The vantage point is made the most of as the film makes the standard delivery pretty tense whether it be the unseen action in the flat, the approaching of an old lady or a last-minute figure (that, I must confess, I did not really understand). The device is a simple one and, while this view or device appears to have been the reason for the film (as opposed to he best way to tell the story) it never feels like the film is just there for the sake of it, because actually the telling works well too. With camera movement limited, the sound and lighting really hits home as to how well done they are. The lighting is set up to be a timer switch on the stairs, but even without these, the lights work to create shadow and atmosphere. The sound design is nearly as good – I never like the "rhubarb, rhubarb" thing in place of dialogue, but from the loud sex through to the footsteps in silence, the sound is a bit part of the tension.

It isn't perfect by any means; it does run about 3 or 4 minutes longer than it really can bear, and I didn't totally get the ending that it built to, but as a simple idea it is well structured and well delivered with the camera but mostly with lighting and sound.


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