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Film Review: Rood (Red) (short film) (2013)

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SYNOPSIS:

It’s been twenty years since the horrible events that happened to Little Red Riding Hood, but she still fears that the past may come back to haunt her.

REVIEW:

More short films, kiddies! Today we have a film from the Netherlands called ROOD (RED), written by Fleur van Keimpema and directed by Jasper ten Hoor. The film is in Dutch with English subtitles.

So as you can probably geuss from the title, this is a retelling of the story of Litle Red Riding Hood. Poor little Red (Chiara Pennasilico) has her encounter with the Big Bad Wolf and it scars her for life. I mean, I don’t blame her. After being chased by a bloodthirsty, drooling wolf I’m pretty sure I’d be a little messed up in the head afterwards.

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Cut to 20 years later. Red (now played by Sophie van Winden) is trying really hard to get over the whole trauma but just can’t seem to get past it. A village huntsman (Peter Tuinman) has spent years working with her, trying to get her past it all. This is the huntsman who supposively destroyed the wolf way back when, so he has some sympathy for Red.

Not so much the rest of the villagers, who are about as rotten as they can be to the girl. And when Red tries to warn them that the wolf may have returned, they are less than receptive to her “rantings”. So it’s up to Red to find the courage to save the day.

I’m all for dark retelling of fairy tales, and in it’s original form this was a pretty dark story anyway. Not very gory necessarily, but scary enough.

Using my special short scale of one to five, five being awesome, I’m giving this film 4 baskets.

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