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28 Ratings

Short Stay

Directed by Ted Fendt
United States, 2016


Mike is 30 and not particularly skilled for anything. When offered a better job in a bigger city, Philadelphia, he decides to go. Aimless as always, Mike is the perfect anti-hero for this mumblecore journey shot in grainy 35 mm.

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Short Stay Directed by Ted Fendt
Touching and funny in a cringe-worthy way, Short Stay is one of the most original debuts of the year, and looks more deeply and darkly at a common type of middle-class American existence that most indies shy away from in favour of something more chic and gratifying.
January 04, 2017
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Short Stay manages to contain multitudes despite initially seeming unassuming and sparse, unexpectedly locating a wholly new and refreshingly unsentimental brand of humanism within the mundane fabric of the kinds of lives that cinema hasn't hitherto deigned to depict. Fendt carefully bypasses any immediate resemblances to mumblecore, instead drawing from his own unique host of influences to arrive at a way of working and a constellation of themes and tones that has become his and his alone.
March 21, 2016
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The grain of the film, and Fendt's neutrally illustrative filming style (point the camera at the person or thing and keep that camera or thing in the center of an uncluttered frame) give Short Stay a curiously retro style reminiscent of the talkier side of the French New Wave, an avowed influence... Short Stay is pushed further to abstraction by the deliberately flat performances, even as the dialogue flirts with absurdism.
March 17, 2016
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