How long does it take to erase a memory, or a message... and what happens when past and future become together in a forbidden present?
Space time sucked in by our collective imagination, by the irrepresentable whole left by the event.
How many times can you see if reality is still out there? -- Lorenzo Canina
I think this is a terrific meditation on 9/11.
The reviews listed below seem to focus on the fact that nothing "happens," but I think that's this film's power.
The crunching together of time/space; the visuals of pre-9/11 and the audio of post-9/11; it's as if the actual act of destruction is too much to handle. By sidestepping the event it makes it much more visible in the mind. Well done.
Good focus on audio and multiple voices giving a sense of concern, with individual voices when needed, and the punctuation of the voice-mail works really well. The door opening and closing is so dramatic that I think viewers would expect more visually, and be disappointed when nothing happens. The anti-climax usurps expectations, which you may want, but then it is distracting. Innovative and enjoyable, nice work.
I watched your film before reading your blurb, so I thought all the messages were for a handful of different people. I began to be so relieved as, one-by-one, messages came in revealing the people being called were ok. Hoping that, at least, these individuals would be safe. This made it really powerful for me - the simple act of not commenting on those who weren't ok was heartbreaking.
A disconcerting short that effectively builds a sense of anxiety and lack of control (in this viewer at least). As another reviewer mentioned, by itself this work struggles as a stand-alone film, but would perhaps be highly effective as an atmospheric introduction to a longer feature.
it makes you wonder if on a day like that, how many people would leave messages on your phone just because they cared. while i appreciate that, i had a headache trying to watch it especially in the beginning. i like the idea of it all but i think the execution could have been better and i agree that it should have been shorter.