LINK (2011) 

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Xavier Cazaux-Zago

One evening, an anonymous young man is kidnapped on his way home by two massive men in black. Chained like a dog in a huge warehouse, where our eyes loose themselves in its emptiness, he finds himself left on his own, like a tiny worm, agonising upon a hook, suspended in the void and in the overwhelming darkness.

Xavier Cazaux-Zago

After five years of study in philosophy, Xavier Cazaux-Zago was trained on the field occupaying many different position on a movie set, pursuing a determined path more difficult but more personal. He then became a photographer and a corporate film director, never losing any kind of opportunity to keep up the "training". He shot his first try for the Nuit Blanche in Paris, a short experimental video. Too passionate by actors and narration, he plunged into self-production, with the support of his former clients. That's how Link was born. A short film written as a declaration of love to the Genre, made out guilty pleasures, strong emotions and strange odd proposals. A cinema that looks feels like discovering punk for the first time or buying your first rock album, with this strong impression of transgression and, behind the jokes or the chills, often hidden, so thinly veiled, a very sincere commitment, driving all the storytelling, deeper than what it seemed.

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on July 17, 2012 at 12:18am

That was - weird :D. I think I get the message behind it - if there is one - with such awkward films it's always hard to tell whether the director is just messing with your head or not :). But if it is the message I think it is, then I like how you got my brain working. This thinking together with the awkwardness very much reminds me of 'Mulholland Drive'.

However, this movie has another touch which I've never seen in another film before: How it evolved from totally tense to being more and more humorous, I liked that! The whole setting, the long table, the lightning etc. was beautifully designed and fitted this artistic style perfectly.

I did not quite like that it was repeating so much in the middle and that it was basically the same setting most of the time - not enough variety in my opinion. Or you need extraordenary acting and camera shots (like Prebloc here on where although not much happens you nevertheless have to absorb every second. Don't get me wrong, those things were good, but not quite perfect :).

All in all, well-made, unique short - not one of the best, but definitely one of the good shorts here on if you like this genre.