Human relationships are quite complicated, aren’t they? There are times when we want to open up, but we tend to keep ourselves distanced from people because of our own insecurities. Bare, a short film directed by Santani Issar, throws light on the filmmaker’s complicated relationship with her father, an alcoholic.
The film begins with a telephonic conversation between a girl and her sister. Both of them can be heard discussing their father, who happens to be an alcoholic. Throughout the conversation, Santani, the director, tells her sister that she hasn’t talked to her father for a couple of years. The conversations she has with her father and mother form the crux of the story.
The six-minute short sounds quite convincing and believable right from frame one. You begin to feel like a part of the film from the moment it gets underway. The narrator goes about her business right from the word go. The conversations she has with her family members sound quite ‘real’, so much so that, as a viewer, you’d feel like a part of the conservation.
Also, a wide range of emotions, ranging from disgust to sorrow, can be seen ‘ornamenting’ the entire set up. Throughout the duration of the film, a sense of dichotomy can be ‘seen’ overpowering the narrator’s voice. The conversations taking place sound quite natural. Not once does the viewer get a feeling that all of these conversations are scripted.
Moving on, the conversations have been woven together with a lot of skill. Not even a word sounds incongruous. The conversations keep flowing and you tend to flow along with them quite effortlessly.
Another striking feature has been the use of found footage clips. One is bound to experience an avalanche of emotions while all of these clips are being played on screen. To top it all, the short banks heavily on emotions, and keeps you hooked right till the end.
In all fairness, a 6-minute runtime doesn’t give you much time to think. The conversations keep flowing, much like a free-flowing river. It brings to light the complexities engulfing human relationships. In simple words, Bare is a bite-sized piece of cinematic brilliance that beautifully captures a daughter’s troubled relationship with her alcoholic father.