Short Film Review: Eat Your Breakfast Son! (2021) by Hindole H-Shihan

As I’ve talked about many occasions earlier than, the previous couple of years I’ve watched a lot of ‘quarantine movies’ as a part of the SYF Initiative, with nearly all of them coming from India, to a degree {that a} query of if there may be any function for any extra of them to be shot has develop into a everlasting one in my thoughts. Regardless of my very own ideas, nevertheless (and who cares about them truly) Indian filmmakers proceed to provide such movies, with the newest one coming from Hindole H-Shihan, who implements a European art-house method to the entire idea.

“Eat Your Breakfast Son!” overview is a part of the Submit Your Movie Initiative

After attending his mom’s funeral, who died on account of COVID-19, Farhan comes again to his residence, in a state that appears to be somewhat apathetic. The information are taking part in on the TV (which appears to have been already on when he returned) specializing in the newest developments of the virus, however Farhan doesn’t appear to be listening in any respect. As a substitute he opens an envelope he was carrying with him, and begins checking the papers inside it, paperwork about his mom’s loss of life. Finally he closes the TV and strikes to the kitchen the place he begins making ready his meal. The entire process reminds him of his mom and her titular “order”, and at last leads him to the discharge of his grief.

H-Shihan’s somewhat European/art-house method doesn’t work notably effectively for the 25-minute quick, with the monochrome, the dearth of any form of voice, the prolonged close-ups to the face of the protagonist or the milk boiling or the higher a part of the range with the spoon ending up showing somewhat pretentious, with out including something to the narrative, basically a futile effort for the film to seem extra creative. These ways additionally fault the eloquence of the principle remark right here, of how on a regular basis tendencies, just like the preparation of a meal, can find yourself being somewhat important; the moments that will likely be largely missed when the particular person “in cost” is gone, and consequently, how reminiscence and grief are interconnected. The remark is attention-grabbing, however sadly, it turns into misplaced in all of the prolonged photographs, which additionally extend the film for no obvious motive.

Individually, alternatively, each DP Saon Majumder’s framing and black-and-white visuals, and the general method to the sound, with the information first and the storm later offering a somewhat bleak soundscape that mirrors the protagonist’s mentality somewhat effectively, are on a really excessive degree, highlighting the truth that, technically, at the very least, H-Shihan positively is aware of what he’s doing.

Ultimately, “Eat Your Breakfast Son!” emerges as a blended bag, as if the director didn’t know if he needed to shoot a brief or some form of set up. The artistry is there on a lot of facets, however positively not sufficient to deem the film as one among general high quality.



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