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Anna

By Hanna B. | November 14, 2020

What follows might or might not change Anna’s life, but it will definitely not be as easy or pleasant as what was advertised. And, as it is unfortunately often expected in this corrupted world, behind a dreamy promise is a more gloomy and sinister reality…The moral of this story could be that life works in a mysterious and sad way.

However, in the midst of this mainly depressing story, there are delightful moments. Such as one where Anna looks happy as she is dancing on her own. A shot, and a vision, that might remind some viewers of Sebastián Lelio Gloria (well, both the original with Pauline García and his English remake, Gloria Bell, with Julianne Moore.)

“…a very good and solid story about how society creates loneliness or unfortunate circumstances…”

Anna has a very good and solid story about how society creates loneliness or unfortunate circumstances, and the vicious circle profiting from desperate people. The cast is great, and the execution even greater, with a particularly entrancing visual of beautiful shots.

Like many shorts, for better or worse, it is one that makes viewers do the work by fillings lots of blanks and gaps. Which could be especially ruffling in the first 5 minutes as the audience has to figure out who is who, or the relationship between characters, to finally realize who is actually Anna.

Looking very promising as it, it makes sense that the short will be adapted as a full-length feature. Anna is a project that makes viewers eager to know more about the protagonist’s life before and maybe even after the events depicted.

Anna screened at the 2020 We Are One: A Global Film Festival, the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2019 San Diego International Film Festival, and the 2020 Hollyshorts Film Festival.

Anna (2019)

Directed and Written: Dekel Berenson

Starring: Svetlana Alekseevna Barandich, Anastasia Vyazovskaya, Alina Chornogub, Liana Khobelia, Eric Ross Gilliatt, etc.

Movie score: 7.5/10

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"…the moral of this story could be that life works in a mysterious and sad way."

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