Film review: Fibs
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★★★★☆ Now, “efficient” may seem like a bit of a backhanded compliment. It certainly isn’t the most emotive word out there. Efficient sounds like the way a charted accountant would describe his pencil sharpener. Compared to “sensational” or “moving”, efficient is a borderline insult when talking about art. Yet that’s what this film is. Efficient. And in the best way possible. Fibs is a 15 minute short by director James Sharpe. It centres on the emotional turmoil of Naomi, a teenager who’s hanging around a wheat field. We discover from a series of beautiful shots that she’s near the Bristol coast. She convinces a friend, Josh, to follow her as she confronts her ex. It turns out that Naomi has been dumped by Owen, an older boy who she obviously still feels attached to. That certainly isn’t how Owen feels, as he makes it beyond clear that ex-boyfriend is precisely what he wants to remain. Crushed, Naomi returns to her house and mopes around for a bit. But she isn’t done yet. She has a plan to sneak into Owen’s house and tell him something shocking. I don’t want to disclose any more plot than that, for a couple of reasons. Mainly it’s because this flick has a few twists and turns that would be completely ruined by me tapping away the plot, lodging it between a series of sex jokes and swearwords.
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