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Film Review: Sugar (short film) (2019)

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SYNOPSIS:

After responding to an accidental 911 phone call, two police officers meet Bea, visibly shaken woman, who is more than meets the eye.

REVIEW:

More short films, kiddies! Today we have SUGAR, written and directed by Chris R. Notarile. His name may seem familiar to some of you. He has an extensive catalogue of work as a director, producer, writer and actor on literally over a hundred horror productions as well as animated series.

In this film, two police officers (Chris Callaway, Edward Kasper) arrive at a home in response to a hang-up 911 call. The door is opened by a young and unassuming woman (Tess Speranza) who tries to assure the officers that everything is fine. The call was an accident. She was trying to dial information, 411, and hit the wrong button.

But they have to do their due diligence and ask to come inside. She lets them in, and is very accommodating, offering them coffee while they wait for her husband to return from…well, wherever he is.

This story does not go where I thought it was going. The twist may not be entirely unexpected, but it wasn’t what I expected. I’m perfectly fine with being taken by surprise. That is, after all, a selling point in my opinion.

Great acting, especially by Ms. Speranza. Production quality is very high. Sound mix is on point. Story is concise and complete. This is almost a textbook example of how a short film can be done well, and Mr. Notarile has a lot of experience in this format.

Its not a very long film, but it tells a complete story. Definitely worth the time to watch.

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