Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tribeca ’10: Record (Short)

Consider this review a 45 among LPs. While only five minutes, Dylan Reibling’s short short Record deserves a formal recommendation, but a detailed discussion of its merits would inevitably give the game away for those who screen it during the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

Three late middle-aged Russian émigrés happen by an outdoor record mart. The proprietor decides to spin an old Russian LP for their benefit. However, Reibling cleverly plays with the audience’s expectations from a hipster short film presumably set in Brooklyn or the lower Eastside.

Record is a cool little film made possible by the perfectly calibrated performances of the Russian gentlemen. It is definitely nice to see a representation of vinyl culture tempered with a realistic perspective on life. It screens as part of the Identity Theft block of shorts today (4/28), Saturday (5/1), and Sunday (5/2).