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Connected 27 August 2016

2015 short science fiction, dir. Luke Gilford, Pamela Anderson, Dree Hemingway: IMDb.

An ageing fitness instructor is dissatisfied with her life, in particular feeling disconnected from the world, and looks for a way to fix it.

Well, yeah, Pamela Anderson is the gimmick here. On the one hand she was only 48 years old when this was made, and has always been Hollywood-pretty; on the other hand she's been Hollywood-enhanced and lived pretty hard, so she looks older than surface cues like the number of wrinkles round her eyes would indicate. Given this is is very much a visual production, that was a good choice. Less so is the decision for the camera to spend so much time traversing over her underwear-clad body: yeah, yeah, she's not happy about the way she looks, many women aren't, we get it.

But what about the plot? Sadly, that sags as much as the protagonist thinks her skin does: it's all setup and emotional string-pulling, with the actual science fiction gimmick deployed in the last few seconds… and no time left to show our protagonist's reaction to it. So, er, what was the point of that, then? This is not a story; it's an establishing sequence to tell us who our heroine is and what her life is like Before. After isn't mentioned.

Ah well. It's an amusing diversion and some of the camerawork and shot composition is truly excellent (cinematography by Isaac Bauman, who's only worked on shorts and a little TV, but I'll keep a look out for his name in future). The music's decent too.

Available on youtube though I think it's now age-restricted.

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