The cheetah and I caught this powerful and thought provoking short film directed by Danielle Burgio.
The opening scene shows a rural home in the midwest,a wife is hard at work baking some muffins while a country song plays on a radio.
Her husband comes from behind and startles her,causing her to drop a egg. He cleans up the spill,she wants him to stay for breakfast but he has
to go to work. She asks for money to go the store in order to cook him a great dinner. The husband knows Lucy is trying to butter him….when she says she needs to see her mom and he says “no”. When she insists that Joe is being unreasonable,he gets angry and grabs her hard. Everything goes quiet,including the radio and you know this isn’t a happy marriage but an abusive one.
How Lucy copes with being a virtual prisoner in her own home and will she escape is looked at but what cost has Lucy already paid is also looked at. On the surface,it looks clean and simple but after watching “Lucy Falls” 3-4 times,its clearly evident that domestic violence is not a issue wrapped up in a neat little gift box.
Danielle,who also wrote and produced this film,also stars as Lucy. Her small cast is all excellent,Christopher Allen Nelson plays Joe,the husband while Jon Jacobs plays a wise shopkeeper and Anton Starkman plays Billy,Lucy’s unlikely best ally.
The production values are excellent as well,short films are shot on small budgets but “Lucy Falls” feels a bit bigger then most. Rand Gamble,who is very multi-talented,handled the cinematography, captures the mood with his crisp camera work while editor Jamieson Tabb (who also helped with the sound) also did a fine job seamlessly making the story flow smoothly.
An added bonus is original music by a fine Americana/rockabilly singer named Eilen Jewell.
The cheetah and I both gave this a big thumb and paw straight up.
Below is the film.
Eilen Jewell in action….
You can find Danielle Burgio on Twitter @DanielleBurgio1
You can also find her at http://www.danielleburgio.com/
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