JULY 18, 2023
The story of Adim, a young man struggling with an unbearable life, is the main focus of ‘Father’s Sins’, one of the saddest and most depressing short movies we’ve seen in a long time. The character of Adim is almost mythological for bad luck, or better, for no luck at all. It seems like he cannot do anything right as his life is just a continuous spree of setbacks.
Benjamin Gejman tailors this short in an interesting way – he leaves no second where things could go better for Adim, the humiliation is permanent, and the bad luck is at every corner, from unemployment to poverty.
‘Father’s Sins’ doesn’t have the best cinematography or the best editing, but it has one interesting story and a character that is iconic in its own way – Adim, a young man who takes care of his handicapped brother, tries to make a living, and to top it all, tries to stay away from the mafia that seems to be keeping an eye on him lately. We can all agree that such a character type is among the ones of a kind. If a writer takes this character and rewrites his story, the novel would probably turn into an instant classic, as it happened in the famous cases of ‘Trainspotting’, ‘Fight Club’, or ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ – all of these writers weren’t aware of the power of their stories, and fame came naturally just as a pleasant wave of joy.
It is also interesting to look at this short from the perspective of 'The Creature’, a man living in a basement who cannot talk while his life is continuously expecting a miracle. However, that miracle is when he finally leaves the house, with the outside world now looking divergent for both Adim and 'The Creature'. ‘Father’s Sins’ comes in a time when stories are becoming more and more the same, reason why Benjamin Gejman’s film is a breath of fresh air.
Review written by Vlad A.G