Latched Movie Review
Written by Ali Chappell
Released by The Bokeh Collective
Directed by Justin Harding and Rob Brunner
Written by Justin Harding
2017, 17 minutes, Not Rated
Played at TIFF 2017 on September 10th, 2017
Alana Elmer as Alana
Bowen Harding as Bowen
With TIFF 2017 upon us, we are pleased to have some amazing films coming to our beautiful (and now way too overcrowded) city. Latched is our first short film review for TIFF and we couldn’t be more excited. Especially since this is the world premiere.
Running at about 17 minutes, Latched is about a new mother, Alana, and her baby boy, Bowen, taking some time away from the city to get refreshed in the countryside at her cottage. In the first few minutes, we find out that Alana was asked to be the newest choreographer for a dance company called Latched and uses this time in seclusion to choreograph her dance number. When dancing through the woods one day, the two find what looks like a mummified fairy corpse. When they show it to their neighbour, he plays it off like it’s just a dead bat…that somehow has a very tiny human body. Alana tosses it in the trash and accidentally spills some of her breast milk on it, thus bringing this morbid creature back to life and causing a world of terror for these two.
There is so much good stuff going for this film that I want to tackle, but I will pick and choose so as to not make this a four-page essay about a 17-minute short film. Alana’s dancing is beautiful. I myself come from a background in dance and found these interludes where she is using different types of movement to help her choregraph her piece is beautiful to watch. Going from animalistic movements to lyrical waves to an almost martial style of dance is wonderful and I’m kind of bummed out that we never got to see the finished number. Alas, that is not the main focus of the film. I truly enjoyed that they touch on the fact that fairies are dicks. There is a pretty wide debate about whether or not fairies are good beings or bad. Either way, they’re made up. The Christians believed that fairies were created to serve the devil and Latched depicts them as such. I loved that this film portrayed them this way.
The birds eye establishing shots of the river and the fall colours of the forest are breath taking and evil demon fairies or not, that might be where I buy my future cottage.
This film will be opening the TIFF Shorts Program. Be sure to check it out on the big screen!