I’ve Been Single Too Long: Yearnings of an Overheated Imagination

I’ve Been Single Too Long: Yearnings of an Overheated Imagination

I’ve Been Single Too Long is a shadowy, dream-like 3-minute short film directed by Shane Davey, which was commissioned for a special showcase at the Tate Modern Museum in Britain.  Whether a declaration of yearning or an admission of an overheated imagination, the title of Davey’s single-shot film offers an insight into the scene that’s being played out before us.  Arising from his bed in the early morning, a listless young man wanders through the rooms of his house and into a hammock in his back garden. All the while, the young fellow is seemingly oblivious to the many young women, wearing only their underwear, who are seductively lounging about all around him.

I’ve Been Single Too Long: Yearnings of an Overheated Imagination

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Sniffer: One Man Takes It All Off for Freedom!

Sniffer: One Man Takes It All Off for Freedom!

Sniffer is an accaimed short experimental/art film by the Norwegian director Bobbie PeersSniffer won the Palme d’Or in the short films category at the 2006 Cannes International Film Festival, and Peers was awarded the Norman McLaren Prize for film direction at the festival.  The film reveals the blackest of dark humor, absolute self-deprecation and a savage willingness to torch social convention.  It imagines what conformity, consumerism and desire would be like in a futuristic world with no gravity, minimal dialogue and a cast of sweaty overweight men.  Sniffer is a metaphoric wonderland with layers of meaning that unpeel like subcutaneous tissue.

The story unfolds in a society that is devoid of sunlight and open sky, where its members go about their routines without the slightest hope of receiving any personal gratification.  The main character of the film trudges day-after-day to a job where he works as a deodorant tester, sniffing the sweaty armpits of exercising test subjects.  One day, however, the man is confronted by an event that changes his life forever.  He quits his job, loosens his bindings and literally takes off.

Sniffer: One Man Takes It All Off for Freedom!

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