The basic premise of this French language short is that Marge Ofenbey has decided to remove herself from the outside world because she's afraid of her controlling and manipulative husband, Walter. She enlists her nephew, Christian to help keep her safe and keep her company, but there are secrets Marge is keeping that can't help but to bubble to the surface.
The film itself is in French, but the subtitles are easy to follow and honestly, the visuals in this film are so compelling that I often forgot I was even reading subtitles.
Stylistically, the film rumbles along feeling methodical and paced out until the secrets begin to unravel. At this point the film picks up the pace and streaks ahead to the finish like a steam engine whose brakes have failed.
The acting from all three characters is superb. Keyvan Sheikhalishahi portrays Christian with wide-eyed innocence, Agnes Godey's Marge is breathy and poignant and Gotz Otto brings a wonderful sinister tone to the piece as Walter.
Even more impressive is the fact that Sheikhalishahi stars, directs and wrote the piece. And he's just a mere 19 years of age.
The scoring of the film by Greco Casadesus is sublime, and perfectly complements the unsettling sense of foreboding and unease. Cinematography by Jean-Claude Aumont is film noir-esque and the attention to detail really creates a feeling of uncertainty and discomfort.
A brilliant short film, that twists and turns for the duration of its short running time, Vesper is well worth a look.