Graffiti is the latest short film from director Lluis Quilez, his previous works include 2014’s Out of the Dark and stars Oriol Pla as Edgar.
The main plot of the film concerns Edgar (Pla) as the sole survivor of an ‘incident’ that left his city, and presumably most of the world, a post-apocalyptic wasteland. That is until one day he finds someone having left the word ‘Anna’ on a poster.
Going forward there may be minor spoilers so before I get into that I will just say if you get the chance, watch this. It’s a well-crafted, smart film that really gets you thinking and will leave you with tings to talk about, It creates the world I would love to see more of and has put Quilez on my watch lost looking forward to what he does next because if he keeps up work like that he could be making the next ‘Arrival’.
So, now that’s out the way; light spoilers. This film is smart and better thought out than 80% of what you will watch in the cinema. The majority of the film concerns a single character and contains almost no dialogue. If you enjoyed the first half of Wall-E as much s I did but wish it was a bit more grown up this short could really scratch an itch for you. And it never reveals too much, I spent a lot of the film wondering about Anna myself, was it really a 19-year-old girl? Was she safe? Could she be trusted? Was she really a gang of raiders? And the film does a great job of showing us the day-to-day life of someone in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s not all Death Races and Zombie Hordes, but I would love to know more, I want to see different people’s stories from this world I loved its background features so much.
One of the aspects I really loved about this was the fact it gave us so much info without expositional dialogue. Something happens on screen and you just have to connect the dots yourself. The lack of dialogue, the basic but not simple plot and /connect the dots’ nature of the narrative keeps me coming back to one word to describe this film ‘Minimal’. And I love things that are minimal.
To conclude; this film concerns the communication of two people, in a way that most people communicate these days by simply writing a message and waiting for a reply, it’s something to similar to us, but this film puts is across as something so strange and foreign. And with great acting, and fantastic (really fantastic), direction it pays off so well. Graffiti is a gem you rarely find and I can’t wait to see more from the people behind this.
And if Lluis Quilez ever reads this find me on Twitter. I bet we could talk for hours about films.