Directed by: Fanis Tops
Written by: Fanis Tops
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During a long walk, a man realizes he has drunk to much water, and has to urinate. It's late at night so not much is open, and the man enters an alleyway to do his business. He works the zipper and begins to do his business when he realizes there is another man sleeping where he is relieving himself. Startled, embarrassed, and maybe a little scared the man runs off from the alley. There is no pursuit.
A short time later, the man finds a place open and finds a bathroom to finish urinating. The climax of this short tile finishes with a remark about how he wishes there was more to this story, and I agree with him. I wish there was more to this story because as it is right now, it's more like a video shot to combat boredom.
Zipper starts off looking really nice, then slowly loses a good heap of its shine but the biggest problem at all is that there is really nothing to this. What I wrote up top, is the entire production. All 5 minutes of it. There is nothing else, and I was left feeling a little empty after watching it. This title really is about a man who urinated on someone a little, before finding a bathroom. That's it, that's all.
Maybe if something happened, if the man sleeping in the alley caught up with him, or if there was some moral dilemma about what had happened this short title would feel more film-like. That's not the case and the truth is this. Zipper is not really about anything. As an exercise maybe there are some good things here. But I'm not a film instructor, I'm a person who thought I was getting to watch a film. This is not a film. There is no plot. Even the poster has almost nothing to do with the movie. It's about a man walking the city streets at night, who has to urinate. I know Fanis Tops could have done better and for the life of me don't know why more effort wasn't put into having at least a story. Or maybe I just don't get it.