SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2021 REVIEW! Flying Eggs begins with Tony (Antonio Garcia Jr.) out for a morning jog. While running, an egg flying through the sky barely misses Tony, and he is prompted to investigate the person behind the presumed prank. Tony finds Chris (Christopher M. Lopes) in the upstairs apartment, and what happens next upends Tony’s expectations.
“…an egg flying through the sky barely misses Tony, and he is prompted to investigate the person behind the presumed prank.”
At first, I was frustrated that the script, by Garcia Jr., put an emphasis on a character that appeared to not to have a disability, learning about a character that seemed to have a disability: I thought to myself, oh no, another life lessons movie where everyone is just better off knowing someone who has a disability. However, the film has a good reason for taking this conventional method, which relates to long-standing oppression and abuse faced by many with and without disabilities.
Sheldon Chau’s direction effectively builds tension all the way to a revelation that is equal parts moving and devastating. The highwire act that propels the story forward is engrossing, as Flying Eggs effectively sets the characters up, so when the rug is pulled out from underneath both them and the audience, it is harrowing for all involved. The short drama might be a simple tale, but it packs quite a punch.
Flying Eggs screened at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival.
"…packs quite a punch."