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By Mark Bell | July 15, 2014

A young woman (Marina Pulido) is on the phone with her friend (Lili Stein) when she witnesses a car accident, which results in a gun sliding over to her. She picks up the gun and thus begins her journey as a gun owner. First, she educates herself with internet videos. Then, she strikes out into the world with her new companion, ready to… do what exactly?

That’s the central idea in A Girl And A Gun, that our heroine is well-armed and completely unsure what to do about it. Should she be a desperado? Start a revolution? I won’t reveal the answer, but it is perfect, and so damn intuitive you wonder why she didn’t start there in the first place.

Eileen McQueen’s short film works predominantly due to the matter-of-fact, often blasé way in which it handles itself. The most tremendous event that our girl with a gun witnesses should be the crash, but instead it’s all about the gun. The gun quickly becomes the center of her life, she tries to define herself by it, but ultimately it’s a fleeting indulgence. She’s all in, until she’s not.

The film doesn’t go for madcap or absurd, it sticks with an almost wry tone. The result is a unique, oddly entertaining flavor to the piece that works in every way it can. I don’t know that it’s for everybody, but I really enjoyed it.

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