False Spring is not the film you want to watch for a relaxing evening out. A stark twenty minute drama, writer/director Rachel Glassman tells the story of an older couple dealing with grief on their desolate farm.
The couple’s horse is sick, the landscape is cold and unforgiving, the characters seldom speak. But what the film lacks in dialogue, it makes up for in captivating black and white cinematography and a narrative so enigmatic you won’t be able to look away. It demands your attention.
At its core, False Spring is a story of grief and the measures some may take in order to either live in the past or move on; a decision every one of us will struggle with at some point in our lives. It isn’t easy to talk about such things, let alone view them being depicted on-screen so vividly, but False Spring shows us that when it is done well, the experience is rewarding.
Grief can be isolating, but can also be uniting, as the story shows us. It is films such as these that remind us what it really means to be human, and why we watch movies in the first place.
In a time when the festival circuit is often riddled with coming of age stories and post apocalyptic cautionary tales, False Spring is a much needed breath of fresh air that will leave you wondering what the Toronto based director will tackle next.
Keep an eye out for False Spring this festival season.
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You know how Eminem is the Rap God? Well up North there in Canada, Curt's referred to as Toronto's "Film God." Studying mathematics and physics, his switch to filmmaking has given him a unique eye where he sees how things are traditionally done in the industry and goes "Um.. WTF." With a focus on results, and not just "festivals", Curt has taken cues from the startup world as well as deep psychology to help other independent filmmakers get connected, get funded, and make money with their films.