Procter (2002)

  |  Short, Drama, Mystery

A businessman goes home during the working day to change his trousers having spilled coffee on himself. When he arrives in the underground garage below his apartment block he finds a car on... See full summary »


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21 April 2004 | barryneuman
| A philosophical thriller - A MUST SEE!!!
It isn't often you see a short film that is a pure masterpiece. I myself can think of only two. "La Jetée" by Chris Marker, and "Procter" by Joachim Trier. I happened upon "Procter" during the Edinburgh Film festival (where it - quite deservedly - won all the prizes) thinking I was going to fall victim to another clumsy British kitchen sink drama, but what I found instead was no less than a revelation. The young Trier has made a near-perfect film, the spectator is at the edge of his seat enthralled by the directors masterful Hitchcock-like use of suspense, but at the same time the film gives us a philosophical depth that I have only seen in some films by Bresson or Tarkovsky. The film's precise framings and use of space made me think of Antonioni and the colors and lighting of "Le Samurai" by Melville. But forgive all these comparisons with 60s classics by an old film critic, and let them not obscure the fact that "Procter" is an utterly modern, compelling and entertaining thriller --- A MUST SEE!!

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Short | Drama | Mystery


Release Date:

30 August 2002



Country of Origin

Norway, UK

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