Last Conversation (Director Karolina Łachmacka)

Last Conversation is a short student film directed by Karolina Łachmacka. As it often happens in student films, all the action takes place in one location with two actors. Of course, they talk between each other. Of course, it’s a man and a woman. Of course, they are talking about parting.

Strictly speaking, this is not a film in the conventional sense. This is a qualitatively performed exercise of the film school. Yes, this work was done at a high level and it demonstrates the professionalism of the whole team. However, it is very difficult to identify the idea and artistic value of the film. There is a feeling that Karolina Łachmacka has mastered the technical side of the film and she has high filmmaking skills, but she has nothing to say. However, this is quite normal for a novice filmmaker.

So, what this film is about? There’s a girl we don’t know anything about. We know neither her profession nor her social status. By the way the presence of the details would help to create a voluminous character and a viewer could be empathized with hero. We can only say one thing about the man: he looks older than the woman. They are sitting in the cafe, and the woman tells not really convincing story about rape. It makes squeamish reaction of the man. He does not sympathize with her and he doesn’t try to find out the details. He just says he can’t touch her anymore. Then the woman says that it was a joke and she goes away.

Of course, in a brief retelling it is impossible to see the real advantages of this work. But they are really exists. It should be noted that an acting is really gorgeous. Emotionality and temperament of Ayvianna Snow is perfectly combined with melancholy and restraint of Trevor Murphy. Close-ups of the actors create the necessary intensity of emotions. Ayvianna Snow lives a whole life within minutes. The documentary hand-held camera creates the effect of presence. It seems we’re seeing an episode of real life. Summarizing, we can say that the best thing in the film is the acting.

The advantages of film over. The story is absolutely banal and devoid of any turn.

Speaking of the script, we must notice that there is an absolutely banal story without any turn. Watching this film we must remember famous French short film On s’embrasse? directed by Pierre-Olivier Mornas. At the heart of this work we can find the same story. However, parting story is deliberately pushed into the background and it forms the necessary final twist. In fact, one short film has two storylines that connect at the end. First we see one story. Then the final twist opens a second story and gives a deeper meaning to the story we have seen first.

There’s nothing like that in Last Conversation. We see a simple story without the second layer. The viewer can’t wait for some unusual twist. But there is actually no final. The story ends as trivial as it began. The woman moves away and that’s all. Where’s the reward for the audience? What should we be shocked or surprised by in this story? Thus, this film was created only to evaluate the professionalism and talent of its creators, but not the story itself.