Real life events are an inexhaustible source of inspiration for movie makers and for writers. Most of the times, the unexpected or shocking events that happen in real life are very hard to imagine even for the best of us. In 'Rose', Ritchie Vermiere took such a case and made the most out of it.
From the beginning we have to state that we are one hundred percent judging the movie making and not the terrible case, and all the references to it are strictly seen from a cinematic perspective, so we don’t want to be misunderstood.
We know these types of cases are terrible and in many parts of Europe this issue is, unfortunately, something very common. Vermiere managed to capture and show the core of a problem in a universal way, so that whoever has been in this situation can empathize with the action in this film.
The camera movement in 'Rose' is very good, making the story flow smoothly. We really enjoyed the scenery – it is hard to make a story be heartbreaking only through words, and frankly speaking, in movies, there are very few that can do that. In this case, the scenery is very well chosen and created to send powerful emotions to the viewer – the ending scene where the whole band comes at the trailer only to sing to the little kid is heartbreaking in many ways, and just by placing the trailer instead of a house there, the whole outline of the movie has changed.
The song in the end is breathtaking, coming with great emotions but we think it is a little bit pushed up. The ending should have normally been a fade-out, but in this case the addition of the song seems over the line. If the song was an overall interlude in the short with bits foregrounded once in a while it was something understandable, but in this case it looks like two separate films blending together to obtain some artistic effect.
All in all, this short is worth watching and it definitely has great potential of turning into a feature film in the near future.
Review written by Vlad A.G