*** out of 4 stars
To quote the newly Oscar-nominated director Paul Thomas Anderson, “Dramatic short films usually suck.” Whether you agree with that statement or not, it’s at least refreshing to have talent in the short-filmmaking pool such as Hayk Matevosian, who seems well on his way to mastering the genre. His subjects see-saw from the humane into the surreal, in ways that make both sort of melt together in beatiful ways, whether it be his music videos for bands such as CIVX, or his narratives (Poetry of Dreams being my personal favorite). His latest short, titled ‘The Passenger’, manages to do wonders between two actors in the quietest of moments, showing Hayk now flexing his storytelling abilities. Since it is a short film, I disapprove of doing an indepth review, as to not ruin the viewers experience and can go into the hypnotic mind-bender fresh. The logline is simply this: When a taxi driver picks up a mysterious female passenger, he is inadvertently put in the path of her urgent need of an unusual request.
Since this film has already been shown at seven different film festivals around the world, all that you really need to know is that Hayk has created something not to be missed.