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Thursday, January 23, 2014

"Tim and Susan Have Matching Handguns" Review: Sundance 2014

2014, 2 minutes
Not Rated

Review by Joshua Handler

Please note: I normally don't dedicate full reviews to short films, but due to the fact that Oscilloscope Laboratories made the unprecedented move to pick up this short film for distribution and my love for this film, I decided to give it a full review.

This is a special review of a special film.  No you did not misread the running time - "Tim and Susan Have Matching Handguns" is not actually two minutes (I round up), but rather 95 seconds long and is playing at Sundance.  The real reason why Joe Callandar's "Tim and Susan Have Matching Handguns" has attracted so much attention is because the independent distributor Oscilloscope Laboratories (We Need To Talk About Kevin, Samsara) picked up the movie for distribution.  What they'll do with it is anyone's guess, but this is a brilliant piece of filmmaking because it manages to be simultaneously sweet, funny, and somewhat disturbing in 95 seconds.

The film is about a Texan couple, Tim and Susan, who have matching handguns.  You might ask why they have matching handguns.  Well, I'll let you find out for yourself when you view the film here.

Callandar's film is most impressive for its economics.  Through five establishing shots, we know where we are and what kind of town Tim and Susan live in.  Through the small story that Tim and Susan tell, we are given insight into the deep love that binds them and we connect with them on a human level.  The fact that Callandar pulled off a short film this rich and entertaining in 18 shots is miraculous.

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