There are many different types of short films that get produced nowadays, some more popular than others. In the past years we’ve seen categories that are always popular both with the audience and the directors. For instance, there are films that rely entirely on the storyline, others that are focused on the main character and the complex development, leaving the story on the second place, some that rely on the mood... and last but not least, some very few that can place all three previous categories under the same roof; but those are rare, and most of the times not that successful as they try to fit in a very short period of time lots of information that one could definitely use in a decent feature film.
‘Trauma’ is the kind of film that goes in the third category, the one based on the mood, as it uses some basic yet extremely powerful effects to create a feeling that goes deep inside the heart. The profound red light in the beginning and the jaded red light in the end are forming a cyclic expression of fear that is not spoken at first and becomes imminent in the end. Also, the toy car announces that something will happen, but it is vague enough to keep the mystery blooming inside the viewer's head. Everything that comes in the way of the main character is a piece in the puzzle that is ‘Trauma’. Every shade, every light, every object that comes in focus has the unique purpose of creating an atmosphere that blinds the perception to a certain level and then leaves it in front of the reality check that is the ending, which sparks a powerful light in the eyes of the beholder.
Basile Manent's ‘Trauma’ has the flavor of a short story that announces a horrifying ending, but with a twist that turns it upside down in the split of a second.
Review written by Vlad A.G