ISF: Socarrat (2009) Dir: David Moreno Date Seen: September 29, 2009 Rating: 3.5/5
10 minutes is not long enough of a time to make me feel properly nettled, even in the most confrontational short film. David Moreno's Socarrat is mildly insidious and certainly funny but never so direct in its depiction of a dysfunctional family that it really got under my skin. We're deprived of a truly normative setting within which we can contextualize the family's actions as the sets, ordered fresh out of a Sears catalogue, are filmed in a hyper-glossy style that removes them from any identifiable, human setting. To that end, the family is supposed to seem that much more wonky and ambiguous but their actions aren't developed enough to be thoughtful enough to be provocative.