Movies are often grouped at the Festival around a common theme. In the case of the pairing of “Long Story Short” and “Stranger Things”, it’s an obvious pairing of films about mismatched pairs of protagonists.
For “Long Story Short”, the couple is a shortish man (under 5′ 6″) and tall woman (6′? Taller?) who meet during auditions for some sort of acting or comedy role. He is smitten with her; she finds him interesting, but clearly doesn’t have the same instantaneous romantic attraction. The bulk of the film is a set of conversations between them in which he tries to win her. It’s a great, light romp without being the usual stupid Hollywood rom-com. Solid 4 out of 5, recommended.
The feature in the pair is “Stranger Things”. A young woman’s mother has recently died, leaving her her house on the Sussex coast. Whilst she is cleaning it out for sale, a homeless man breaks in, thinking the house is unoccupied. They eventually meet, and through a series of conversations learn that each is missing what the other can offer. The ending is not what you’d expect from that description; just go see it when it eventually comes out (or get the DVD.) 4 out of 5, bordering on 5 out of 5. Highly recommended.