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Stardust 73

A chilling 70s drama short about a man grieving his mother.
3/5

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Written and directed by Kai Van Der Putten, ‘Stardust 73’ follows Roger (Ara Shehigian) as he battles with the death of his mother (Claire Clark). The mystery-drama is entirely shot in 16-mm film and rewards viewers with a classic 1970s tone and style. The short powerfully tackles themes of mental health, loneliness and grief.

The 11-minute film opens with Roger in a depressive dream-like existence. Medicated and residing in a motel, the protagonist reminisces about his late mother and the conversations they shared during his childhood. It appears Roger is unable to accept life without her, creating a disturbing fantasy to feel her presence. Kai Van Der Putten (Writer/Director) has created a moving short that explores what happens when a man is unable to “come-of-age”.

Ara Shehigian’s performance as Roger is certainly chilling but praiseworthy – leaving the audience feeling empathy and equally uncomfortable. In flashback, Roger’s mother advises him to “learn to take care of yourself” – this dilemma is ever more apparent as scenes of peeping-Tom sexual adventures and prescription drug use showcase his depressive state and adolescent mind. Cinematography, sound and music aid the tone of the era and help to create a dreamlike sedation from start to finish. Highly recommended.

Stardust 71

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Stardust 73

A chilling 70s drama short about a man grieving his mother.
3/5

Review

Written and directed by Kai Van Der Putten, ‘Stardust 73’ follows Roger (Ara Shehigian) as he battles with the death of his mother (Claire Clark). The mystery-drama is entirely shot in 16-mm film and rewards viewers with a classic 1970s tone and style. The short powerfully tackles themes of mental health, loneliness and grief.

The 11-minute film opens with Roger in a depressive dream-like existence. Medicated and residing in a motel, the protagonist reminisces about his late mother and the conversations they shared during his childhood. It appears Roger is unable to accept life without her, creating a disturbing fantasy to feel her presence. Kai Van Der Putten (Writer/Director) has created a moving short that explores what happens when a man is unable to “come-of-age”.

Ara Shehigian’s performance as Roger is certainly chilling but praiseworthy – leaving the audience feeling empathy and equally uncomfortable. In flashback, Roger’s mother advises him to “learn to take care of yourself” – this dilemma is ever more apparent as scenes of peeping-Tom sexual adventures and prescription drug use showcase his depressive state and adolescent mind. Cinematography, sound and music aid the tone of the era and help to create a dreamlike sedation from start to finish. Highly recommended.

Stardust 71

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