BEAR, 11 min,
Director: Nash Edgerton
Writers: Nash Edgerton, David Michôd
Cast: Nash Edgerton, Teresa Palmer and Warwick Thornton
Synopsis: Bear is an 11-mintue short that tells the story of a man named Jack (Edgerton) who plans a little birthday surprise for his girlfriend, Emelie (Teresa Palmer of the newly released Warm Bodies), while she goes on her routine bike ride. However, the surprise takes an incredibly wrong turn.
Short Review: Bear, co-written and directed by Nash Edgerton (Joel Edgerton’s older brother), is a little gem that I stumbled across at the Dallas International Film Festival last year. A short film that keeps you on your toes until the end, Bear hits like a hammer with humor as dark and twisted as any Coen brothers’ film.
It is most certainly an acquired taste. It is probably not going to go down well with people who can’t laugh at situations where bad things happen to innocent people. Like a Coen brothers’ film (think Burn After Reading), this is a work that focuses on something small that, thanks to misunderstanding, escalates quickly in the wrong direction and is blown way out of proportion. You will be left either shocked with depression or, if you are like me, laughing hysterically and find it brilliant. You be the judge, friendo.
You can watch the full short below.
Bear – a short film: