8.01.2005

The Most Beautiful Man in the World

Remember being a little kid, sitting around the house, whining, “I’m boooooored” in hopes that something of worthy entertainment will save you from that dreadful situation? Maybe you sat in front of the television in daze, attracted to its mind-numbing pleasure. Alicia Duffy (U.K.) shows how one little girl’s mundane day similar to this is altered by a mid-day stroll in “The Most Beautiful Man in the World.”

Duffy’s film really captures a boring day with extreme close-ups on a dismayed face, slow images and wide open fields. At first the little girl’s day appears to be her choice, but at the conclusion of the film there is a different interpretation that leaves the child helpless.

After lying on the carpet, wondering around aimlessly, and indulging in some mediocre shows on the tube, a little girl decides to take a hike through a field by her house. Along her journey she comes across a man. Maybe it’s the way he pays special attention to her that attracts her to the stranger. Although he is tempting to the little girl, his sexual nature makes the audience uncomfortable, allowing the child’s innocence and naivety to have significant role.

Duffy doesn’t leave the viewer with a definite narration to the story; it’s part of the brilliance to this short. The mother doesn’t have dialog in this film (the little girl has one line), so her actions are portrayed solely by the reactions of the child. Depending on character actions and camera positioning to tell the story is the foundation of any great film.

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