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There is a kind of film I have noticed that I will refer to as 'Sittin'-Around Films' They're marked by the fact that it's the effects of sittin' around, typically half-heartedly chatting while often doing other things, like watching TV or reading. The entire Mumblecore movement might have evolved out of that. Clerks damn near qualifies. Selfie by Megan St. Cin is one of them, and while it would be easy to dismiss as overly simplistic, I went through with it and was greatly rewarded.
The key to Selfie is the understanding of what young women today go through as far as social media and dating. Pics and messaging are two of the most important aspects, and when a girl is trying to entice a guy through phone-based means, there are things that have to happen, methods that must be observed.
I'm so glad I'm not a teen starting out on the dating scene today.
The acting is kinda simple, not showy, and not dulled. The story goes in a somewhat predictable direction, but it also doesn't over-play that hand. Instead, in the two-and-a-half minutes we get, we see a simple, smart, and most importantly, clean short which tells its story economically, but not distantly. To someone who doesn't understand this world, the performances might feel as if they are disconnected from the scenario, and potentially one another. In a way, that is the point of the short. Superficially, it is a story of a young woman coming up against the possibilities of her sexuality. Taken more deeply, it's the story of two of girls navigating today as two girls would navigate the current world of relationships, sex, and attraction. in that mode, this is an important short that documents how much the world has changed for the young, but the strong shooting and editing, the lack of adornment, and my personal favorite part, the restraint shown by director Megan St. Cin in not taking this into the realm of titillation. That's an obvious place for a short like this to go, and the fact that it didn't took this short from being merely interesting, to being really smart.
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