Writer and director Myles Yaksich sent us his latest short film to review, Erin, if you would like us to review your own film, why not fill out the form here.
We are in America, in the sixties, a time of free-love, wars and space exploration. It’s the latter that concerns us here as research assistant David, Felix Martinsson (“Psycho (Short)”, “Extreme Measures (TV)”), works on some complex equations at his university in the hope of eventually getting into Nasa.
David is all consumed by his work and has allowed his personal life to drift to the wayside. With no friends to speak of and no girlfriend, his life is changed one day when he stumbles across an application letter to the university.
The letter is from Erin, in London, and Erin wants to study journalism at the university. David writes to Erin, saying he will pass on the application and, from this simple act of kindness, the two strike up a pen-pal relationship.
As the months go by David becomes increasingly distracted by Erin’s letters, allowing his mind to wander, imagining what Erin is doing, picturing Erin in his mind.
But, as Erin meets Tom, David is angry and feels betrayed. He ceases writing until, some months later, he receives another letter from Erin, asking for help. David decides to put aside his anger and travels to London to meet Erin and, hopefully, help. Will Erin meet his expectations?
Setting Erin in the sixties immediately allows Yaksich to play with certain moods and ways of thinking from that era. The setup for the final scene is wonderful as we also allow ourselves to be lost in David’s mind, imagining what Erin is up to.
Martinsson plays the geeky and lonely David wonderfully well, although his frustration is a little stilted, it feels like he takes the whole uptight character a touch too far at times.
The look and feel of the short is glorious, very professional looking with outfits and colours that we’ve come to expect from that era.
If there are flaws its that it feels slow, you notice the run time which is never a good thing with a short. I also didn’t get the feeling of wanting to see more at the end, something I personally view as essential for a short film, but I think that is because the questions the film raises are mostly answered come the end.
Erin is a beautiful love story with a wonderful setup and a twist that is surprising and shocking for the era too.