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  • kirstens200020 December 2002
    A friend of mine took me to the Columbia Film Festival a while back, which is when I first saw Misdemeanor. It was among the two or three films that really stayed with me. It just had it all - simplicity, truth, and depth without having to serve it to you on a silver platter.

    The cinematography was also wonderful. Well done to Mr. Lemond - I hope he continues in this path.
  • The brilliance of film lies in the merging of sync and sound. Using dialogue and sound effects, many artists find it easy to produce a film, though not necessarily a good one. The awe- inspired work of Misdemeanor and its creators have created what cinema truly stands for. Using no dialogue, the viewer must hone in on other senses to grab exactly what the main character is feeling. A beautiful movie, I'd see it again and again. When I saw this at the New York Film Academy, I was overwhelmed with joy. Never before have I seen such a brilliant story in such a confined duration of time. Congratulations to the creators of this brilliant film! I hope you continue your film career.
  • sguardo24 January 2003
    I went to see Double Whammy at the Tribeca Film Festival, prior to which Misdemeanor was exhibited, and I was pleased to see such a unique take on filmmaking for a change. The director/writer's ability to successfully communicate a meaningful story in a short, silent film in such a visually stunning manner was impressive. In a nutshell: what a talent.
  • I viewed this film at the Columbia University screenings in Los Angeles in spring 2002. The film presents a short narrative about a moral dilemma in the modern city. It works with compelling clarity, setting the story in crisp imagery of New York, filmed in black-and-white, and thoughtfully chosen music. It gives the viewer, filled with anticipation as the narrative reaches its climax, a powerful sense of the fractures and limits of normativity.
  • Thoughtful and provoking movie, which utilizes imagery and music to captivate the viewer. Realistic interpretation of the daily struggle for those less fortunate yet still able to assume a moral high ground for the movie's main character. The director makes the main character a sympathetic figure from the outset and the movie is quite refreshing and real - Wholeheartedly recommend it as a film that makes you think - a rarity in today's movie world.
  • This little short was by far the best I saw while attending Columbia's film festival last year.

    Take a typical student film, remove the schmalzy premise, the trite "what if", the strained characters -- remove all the appurtenances of someone trying to be "clever".

    Now add directorial clean lines (it's so hard to be beautiful and simple), add a wonderful and CLASSIC little story, and add a main character that actually carries an understated emotive pull. That's this film. A sweet little talk, and a great talent.

    I see a lot of these, and it's hard to get through the clutter. Misdemeanor definitely distanced itself. I give it a 9!
  • I found this film both morally, and ethically challenging. I left the theatre feeling unsettled, struggling to achieve some sort of self-closure. The music was powerful, substituting voice for the characters. Dialogue was obtained through the lens of the camera, allowing us to take a glimpse into the mind of the films maker.
  • in my opinion, this was clearly one of the best short films at the tribeca festival. the story is simple yet very moving and achieves a sense of depth and character that is generally absent in short films. jonathan lemond establishes himself as a smart and talented young director with a keen sense of storytelling. actress abigail savage, who i met at the screening, is very convincing as an impoverished street child. the only weakness in the film is the performance of john di benedetto. visually, he is right for the role but lacks subtlety and nuance. despite this, lemond has directed a poignant and elegant film.
  • javgs519 December 2002
    I saw this short film at the Tribeca film festival. I was positively surprised by it because it is hard to be moved by a movie with no dialogue. Misdemeanor tells a wonderful story without words. Beautiful images and perfect transitions suffice. To me, this is a reflection of talented directing.

    I believe Misdemeanor is a promising beginning for an upcoming director.
  • "Misdemeanor" is memorable for several reasons -- the setting, the medium, the actors, the music, and the moral questions that it raises. Based in New York, the movie makes great use of familiar scenes, such as the bodegas, stoops, rooftop views, and parks. The combination of black and white, no dialogue, and a great score give the movie a sophisticated feel. The music really sets the mood and moves the story along.

    The actors and their direction really make the movie. The girl played the part of a homeless person very realistically, eating out of garbage cans, sleeping in a bin, collecting cans for money; and she accurately demonstrated the desperation of her situation. She brought life to the character, and the viewer had to be sympathetic.

    It was interesting to see several sides of the shopkeeper: a businessman who will not tolerate stealing, and a loving father who cherishes his children. "Misdemeanor" does a great job of showing human nature's complexity, and how situations can bring out different facets of it.

    The girl's decision to do the right thing is refreshing, and then the viewer is questioned at the end of the movie as to what the right thing really is. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and I look forward to seeing the next production from this director.

    I originally saw this movie at the Columbia Film Festival in New York, and then I was treated by Columbia to a DVD compilation of all of the films, so luckily, I can enjoy it whenever I want.