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Blurred Vision, Happy Bird(er)s

Thursday 7 April 2011

We just saw Light of Mine and Big Birding Day.

First the good: Big Birding Day. This is a fun film about three guys who set out to see over 180 birds in one day. Now, “see” has a broad definition; it includes hearing birds without actually seeing them, which is often the only way to “see” them when it’s o’dark 30 in the morning. But this is less about the birds than the guys; it’s a verbal hug-fest by the three principals, who each get something different from the experience.

Recommended when it’s out on DVD, or if you can catch it on YouTube (it’s a 13 minute short). 3 out of 5.

Now, the not-so-good, Light of Mine. This is a feature film about a man who is losing his eyesight, his wife, and how one changes one perspective as life changes one’s circumstances.

Or at least that’s how the writer explained the film during the Q&A. Personally, I suppose the change of perspective thing was there, but it’s either so shallowly obvious or devilishly subtle that I missed it entirely. Mainly, it’s a long set of slides, some beautiful, many very ordinary, with a whisper-thin story and marginal acting. The scene between the leading man and his best friend played more like two psychiatrists interviewing each other, and not like either two compassionate or shell-shocked friends. And there are plot moments during the trip that are brought up at the time as important, but never resolved or even put back on the shelf in a clean way.

Light of Mine was done in a couple of months, and it feels like a first draft. It could be a very good short with some heavy editing, or re-shot as a feature with a revised script (especially the dialogue, which was unconvincing.) This is at best a weak 2 out of 5. No loss in missing this one, except that you’ll need to catch Birding elsewhere.

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  1. Simplysue permalink
    Friday 8 April 2011 12:25 PM

    I really enjoyed Light of Mine. Yes, it’s not for everyone but it was a touching story with some gorgeous photography. There were some beautiful moments between the real life couple as well. One of the best I’ve seen this year at the festival.

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