22 September 2019 | bob the moo
Simple but effective at translating the experience for the viewer
This is a very simple short film in terms of incident. A young girl at school gets carried away in a gym class and, while doing a silly dance, flashes her pants around. She gets told off and afterwards she is conspicuously flat and shamed about it. Pretty much that is it. The journey is the important thing though, and the film does a great job of helping the viewer see why growing up is difficult. At some point the little girl does have to know that it is not appropriate to do this since she is not a toddler anymore, but like so many things, this lesson comes with pain.
We are not only shown this, but we get to feel it. The camera sticks close to the lead character, so we feel her infectious sense of fun, and her joy at her silly game. We also feel the eyes darken a bit, and the weight of the shame she feels. The lead performance from Lorenzo hits this mark spot on; she makes the transition naturally and rapidly. It is simple, and something so small but it says a lot in how it happens and how it affects her. I didn't think the film was earth shattering, or without weaker aspects, but it knows what it wants to do, it knows what its strengths are, and it plays well.