04 August 2010


Donika Pemova for DokuDaily
Movie Review
Laura's Party, Switzerland, Simon Jaqueme, 20'
Short Film Competition
Thursday, 05.08, 20:15 slot – Kino ne Kala
Screened after Schule in Prizren (Branding Kosovo) and before Vanni Mouse

“Laura’s Party” is not about Laura’s party. “Laura’s Party” is not about how Laura’s party is ruined. Teenagers always suck. Their parents usually suck even more at being the parents of teenagers. And parties often make girls cry. But in the end everything is fine. Except when it’s not. This short film is about ups and downs in the parent/child relationship, and then it is about one single cruel action that just crosses the line. In just this instant the parent becomes the childish one – and the child grows up.

“Laura’s Party” is unusually realistic for a short, it’s easy to follow, with nothing truly shocking in it, at least not from the point of view of cinematic. The characters are well developed and the acting is impressive and captivating. “Laura’s Party” is also symbolic and aphoristic – it gives us wisdom about how immature grown-ups are. And some of their mistakes will probably not be forgiven. Rating: 7.5/10

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