The brief but compelling story of a defining and tragic day in a young mother’s life, Rosie does an effective job building up tension and emotion, and the filmmaker’s use of natural light in his cinematography is commendable. I did think the director, Kieron Yeoman, could have gotten a better actress as the lead or maybe directed her a bit better. She’s strangely cavalier about an event that makes up the short film, albeit letting the occasional tear fall. I know if most moms lost their daughter in the way that this mom did, they’d be hysterical, puffy-faced, and frantic.
The editing is unusually smooth for a short film. I’ve seen enough student shorts to know that the camera is often shaky, the visuals fuzzy, and the dialogue hard to understand. This is not the case of Rosie, which feels professional. The best I can say for this movie is that I would watch a full-length feature comprised of the same material. Does the woman know her daughter isn’t coming back? Did the law enforcement officials find the body? Was she snatched by a pederast, or did she (as I suspect) fall from the railing and into the ocean? A follow-up might be in order. Although, since the short film has no dialogue, I’m still not sure if ‘Rosie’ was the mother or the daughter.
Huh. How about that. I didn’t even realize Rosie had no dialogue until I really thought about it. As an example of effective visual storytelling, that’s pretty good.