If someone tried to make a short film based on the lyrics of ‘My Chemical Romance’, well, Phlegethon would have been THE short movie. The story follows the short love relationship between a weird boy, and an even weirder girl, who share the same interests, and as some may like to see, they are crazy together. Most of their interaction is romantic in a twisted way, as they show no form of direct love, but the chemistry flows in the air every time they look at each other in the eyes.
The story has the consistency of a novella, having four different chapters, each one of them being descriptive and well presented. The two main characters are introduced with details surrounding their passions and interests, leaving their personal life aside, which is, in our opinion, perfect for this kind of story. The boy reminded us of a feisty version of Ian Curtis: emotional, slightly depressive, introvert, a soft flower hidden under a concrete shield. The girl is energetic, thoughtful, with an eternal crush for bad boys and with no knowledge whatsoever when it comes to her decisions, which are usually bad.
Coming back to the My Chemical Romance reference, in the beginning, if you take a closer look at the “I don’t love you” music video, you will see the exact type of characters Silva Kuusniemi brought to screen in Phlegethon. As you may know already, love has some mysterious ways of functioning, and through this short, we are witnessing one of the most interesting and intense combinations of self-destruction and emotion one can ask for.
This is the modern-day Romeo and Juliet, not Shakespeare’s version, but Hobo Johnson’s poetic and destructive 21st-century reinterpretation with a little bit of overdrive and Netflix and chill.
Review written by Vlad A.G