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A Little House In Aberdeen

7 Minutes

14th June 2022

Some shorts are able to be more powerful and say much more than most features can. With only a 7 minute runtime, A Little House In Aberdeen does exactly that. Emily Goss (“Future Man (TV)”) stars as Britney, a woman who reflects on her past and wonders about her future, while she is having an abortion.

Playing out entirely in a single take, for the 7 minutes that this version of the procedure actually takes, we are treated to bold, blistering dialogue that would make even the best playwrights blush. This short screened in competition at the 2022 Dances With Films Film Festival.

A doctor and a medical assistant are in the room as well, but they hardly speak.  This is Britney’s scene, and rightfully so. She has to nervously talk through this tough decision she is making. Listening closely to the dialogue the story expands way beyond the four sterile walls that surround this character.

It is impossible to separate politics from this issue, and so the same can be said for this incredible short film. It must be noted that A Little House In Aberdeen never dips into preaching territory. The subject and all the elements it affects are frankly discussed. Emily Goss gives a layered, courageously performed monologue as Britney.

Part of the emotional impact could be attributed to the fact that Emily Goss is not only the star of this story, she is also the writer/director/producer. Emily Goss is a career actor, A Little House In Aberdeen marks her directorial debut.

I do not want to spoil the dialogue but I will give this one example that really stands out. While Britney is talking about how seeing her mother’s strength and ability influenced her growing up, she says “…. Women were the people who can do anything.” That line is a subtle bit of subtext that reminds us of the theme. Given that women can get pregnant, create a human life and biological men cannot, women can do anything.

The camera work from cinematographer David Y. Chung is also well crafted. Lively, yet controlled camera movements work in concert with the blocking to support the changing flow of the narrative.

Sure there are other films on this subject, Obvious Child being one of them, which started out as a short film. A Little House In Aberdeen however, is the strongest work I have seen on the topic and one of the best shorts I have seen in recent memory.  ome may disagree with my opinion of this short, but hey, that’s their choice.

DETAILS

    

RELEASE DATE
12th June 2022

DIRECTED BY
Emily Goss

WRITTEN BY
Emily Goss

Running Time:
7 minutes

THE QUICK SELL
Review of a gripping drama that is shot in one continuous take while a character talks openly as she gets an abortion.

CAST & CREW
Emily Goss, Laur Allen, Madelyn Levine

DETAILS

    

RELEASE DATE
12th June 2022

DIRECTED BY
Emily Goss

WRITTEN BY
Emily Goss

Running Time:
7 minutes

THE QUICK SELL
Review of a gripping drama that is shot in one continuous take while a character talks openly as she gets an abortion.

CAST & CREW
Emily Goss, Laur Allen, Madelyn Levine

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