Writer and director Seth Kozak (“Rough Cuts (TV)”, “Almost Spies (TV)”) sent us his most recent short film Rendezvous for review, if you have something you’d like us to review, you can do the same here.
Rendezvous is an intriguing short film, very well shot – there are some great aerial shots of foreboding snowy hills – and makes great use of the Placebo version of Running Up That Hill. However, at times it can feel a bit TV melodrama with dialogue to match.
Rendezvous is the story of Congressman Wright, Mike Sutton (“Billboard”, “5 Doors”), who decides, for reasons we don’t go into, that he’s going to have his wife Catalina, Katarina Morhacova (“Deception (TV)”, “The Blacklist (TV)”), bumped off.
As he’s about to leave on his business trip however, he finds her at the door, just about to leave herself. This is a disaster, he does his best to get her to stay, but she, suspecting something, is having none of it.
Wright does manage to track her and sees she’s checked into a motel, he calls ‘his man’ and redirects him. At the motel, the man, Chris Kerson (“True Detective (TV)”, “Gotti”), acts all weird around Catalina, but nothing untoward occurs, except him stealing her purse at breakfast.
As the short ends, to the glorious shot of the foreboding snowy hills, all is revealed, and not everything is as clear as it first appeared.
Rendezvous has some really good ideas on show, from the premise, the use of music, the nice direction. Unfortunately, it also has some bad ideas on show that are enough to spoil the whole thing, like finding a hair in a great meal you’ve been eating.
Kozak and his co-director Damian Veilleux (“The Eighteenth Hour”) show a lot of promise with Rendezvous. A clearer focus on the plot twist and some less cliched dialogue and this would have been one Rendezvous we’d have been happy to have again and again.