Of Love and Horses

I received a request from a filmmaker named Julien on Vimeo to review two of their videos.  Extremely flattered, I thought why not? 

 

Asking your parents about how they met.  It adds a different dimension to them.  After all, they lived different lives before you came along.  In Der Hengst or The Stallion, the son asks his parents about the beginnings of their relationship.  The father does most of the story telling. 

Using flashbacks, the father recounts him going from one girl to the next and his struggle to commit to his future wife.  No matter where he goes, circumstances always draw him back to her.  Meanwhile, the mother narrates on the proper taming of horses.  The film’s use of a horse acts as a symbol of the obstacle that the two must overcome before making themselves official.  Julien juxtaposes scenes of horse training next to scenes of the woman wanting a relationship and the man trying to avoid one.  However, the parallel does imply some negative connotations.  Training a horse represents submission and obedience.  An unequal pairing for sure.  Near the end, the women reveals her pregnancy to the man.  After that, he accepts it and they turn into the husband and wife of present day.  In short, she tamed him. 

My verdict?  An interesting short film with a sketchy message.  Plus, the english subtitles needed more work.  However, that problem did not stop me from understanding the storyline.  On the other hand, the cinematography gives this film a warm atmosphere.  Furthermore, Julian executes some interesting camerawork.  I also liked his use of Por Una Cabeza as background music.  All in all, if one has some spare time, this makes a good diversion.

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