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Washed Away

By Alan Ng | March 1, 2021

Heidi Hornbacher and Paul Whitehead’s short film, Washed Away, is a commentary on the impertinence of life as it relates to art. Darren Jacobs plays a grieving artist painting on a cold day at the beach, when all of a sudden, he spies a curious man walking a strange path on the wet sand by the waves.

“…the man on the beach is Pablo Picasso, and he is drawing ‘Guernica’…”

Unbeknownst to the painter, the man on the beach is Pablo Picasso (Paul Whitehead), and he is drawing “Guernica,” which depicts the horror of war and fascism. The painter is so enamored by the piece that he embraces it in the sand. Then the tide comes in.

Washed Away is a poignant drama about grief and letting go with an equally heartrending performance. The beach is such a fantastic and oddly gloomy location for the short film. It’s concise, simple, and gets right to the point with its parable comparing life to the gentile destruction of ocean waves.

Washed Away (2021)

Directed: Heidi Hornbacher

Written: Paul Whitehead

Starring: Darren Jacobs, Paul Whitehead, etc.

Movie score: 7/10

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"…a poignant drama about grief and letting go with an equally heartrending performance..."

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