In the past I have not given too much
thought to short movies, but when I think about it the list of good,
and in some cases excellent, ones that I have seen seems to grow ever
longer. Arguably the best one though is the one that I am reviewing
now, this really knocked me for six, the punch that it delivers in its
short running time was nothing short of phenomenal.
The less you know before watching this
short movie, it's original Hungarian title being Most Latszom, Most
Nem Latszom, the better. I had read a few bits and bobs about it, but
for the most part I tried to stay away from plot specifics, and for
that I am quite grateful, such is the power of Now You See Me, Now You
Don't. For that purpose alone I will be brief in giving away too much
here. What I will tell you about it is that it focuses on the relationship
between a mother, a father and their young son. That's it, that's all
you are getting from me, but you will be thankful once you see this,
and yes you will see it. Or, I suppose you will find out information
about it on the Interwebby thing, try to resist though.
The movie itself it shot beautifully,
the entirety being filmed in the family's house or in the grounds surrounding
it. The use of light being superb throughout adding so much depth to
proceedings. The editing as well being a major factor to the unravelling
of the story, especially towards the latter stages.
For me though the three "wow factors"
in this movie were the acting, the roles of the parents were played
with outstanding performances by Erno Fakete and Dora Letay, the direction,
by Attila Szasz was nigh on flawless, and the accompanying score, which
helped lift the emotional level to a rarely attained height. To say
that by the time you reach the end you will be drained is an understatement.
Now You See Me, Now You Don't is a subtle
picture that will slowly wash over you. You won't be getting a hundred
shots per minute, dumb characters or any sort of showy effects, instead
just a beautifully crafted story that will stick with you long after
you watch it. For my reckoning I would put it up there with Nacho Cerda's
masterful Genesis and the equally haunting A Tale of Two Sisters.
Quite simply a beautiful film.