Crossbow: A Meditative Elegy on a Sadly Senseless Sensual Tragedy

Crossbow: A Meditative Elegy on a Sadly Senseless Sensual Tragedy

Crossbow is a remarkable short film by the Australian director David Michôd, a meditative elegy that wrestles with the exquisite sadness of a seemingly senseless tragedy, and how it relates to sexuality and nostalgia.

The film opens to a house in a very average suburban neighborhood, focusing on the vacuous face of a teenage boy, the main character.  The house is filled with the loud and exaggerated sounds of rough sex, and an unseen narrator, who turns out to be the boy’s neighbor, chronicles the boy’s predicament: he lives in a home of rough people, his mother and father think nothing of engaging in boisterous sex in his presence, nor of doing drugs and partying with other men.

Crossbow centers on a vacant, disaffected boy who suffers from abuse, before coming to a violent end.  The violence at the conclusion is made even more dramatic by the film’s slow unfurling, becoming all the more powerful by how clearly it is foreshadowed.

Crossbow: A Meditative Elegy on a Sadly Senseless Sensual Tragedy

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