Directed by: Alessio Cappelletti
Written by: Kris Salvi
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A man waits at a table. He seems lonely, smart and very nervous. It's when his date emerges we find out why. Confident, attractive and maybe even kind. Did friends or family set this up? The man looks even more scared now that she has sat down, not thrown off by his nervous nature. Something feels off and very quickly we find out what it is. Things are not what they seem and maybe this man did set this all up himself after all. Not as unlikely a couple as we thought as money soon changes hands. It all makes sense now. A companion. A paid companion.
Always under the table she informs him as she quickly hides away the payout. Always. Even in a public place where these 2 are the last people anyone would be watching, this woman is careful. And she should be. Creator Alessio Cappelletti isn't done with this story. Not done twisting the paths of these 2 people. There's more to this mysterious woman and it's soon revealed that she isn't a call girl at all. This date has never been what it seemed from the start and once this title reaches and passes it's final act, you'll see this story in a completely different light.
The Date is told quickly. In under 10 minutes my take on this title was challenged twice. That's more than some 90 minute titles manage. It's all smartly shot, captured and edited using basic techniques, but doesn't feel small. Cappelletti's title dangles the most basic emotions in front of our eyes. Love, being lonely and even hate. This title even manages to push these emotions onto us only to flip them around and use them against us; in an effort to catch us off guard. All this from a mostly single location, very short title with only 3 actors.
When it comes to micro indie titles, especially really short films, The Date is one of the better ones I've seen in a while. This isn't an iPhone movie or a Youtube video; but it's also surprisingly personal. Much like phone videos often are. The small but talented group of people in front of, and behind the lens had a clear vision here and the heart to make it a reality. The Date had me. I was fooled and thought it was a great turn of events. At under 10 minutes there is no excuse not to watch this when the time comes. Three and a half stars. Thanks for reading.