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Must I Suffer More?

A riveting horror that explores an artist’s creative block.
3/5

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Written and directed by Patrick Schimenti, ‘Must I Suffer More?’ is a short horror film that unravels the mental anguish of an aspiring artist. Starring Ben Seltzer as Pierre, the central character, the narrative explores his distressing creative block during an artistic pursuit – which leads to a spiraling miscalculation. Exploring themes of mental health, drugs and identity, the short is produced without any character dialogue and largely carries the tone of trepidation. An unsettling watch from start-to-finish.

The 7-minute horror/thriller opens with Pierre pondering over his intended creative objective. A blank artistic canvas metaphorically mirrors his own internal void. As he struggles with inspiration and self-destruction, Pierre turns to psychoactive substances in an attempt to waken his dormant imagination. Without spoiling the narrative climax, the film acts as a sobering reminder that by taking shortcuts, you will eventually be cut short. Expect a gory show-down.

In spite of the film’s low-budget production style, with wobbly cinematography in places, Patrick Schimenti has crafted a riveting horror that doesn’t conceal its experimental methodology. Ben Seltzer delivers an alluring performance that is certain to keep viewers on tenterhooks throughout – all-the-while feeling empathy and concern.

The technicality is distinctly shy of cinematic, but that shouldn’t deter or disengage the audience. With dialogue omitted, the musical soundtrack acts as the palpable heart-beat of the story – which is nicely orchestrated throughout. The symbolic use of an hourglass is a nice touch that helps to illustrate the protagonist’s despondency and the urgency of his crisis. A respectable short that deserves attention.

Brief Synopsis

Pierre is a painter, and wants you to know it. He takes to the street to create his masterpiece, but he can’t think of anything to paint. He turns to God for answers and inspiration but still nothing comes. Maybe a break and a drink will help his creative juices to flow? Still nothing. After a few of those drinks Pierre gets in contact with a friend who provides him some mind altering substances. Maybe this is the key to unlocking his creativity?
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Director(s): Patrick Schimenti
Writer(s): Patrick Schimenti
Cast: Ben Seltzer
Producer(s): Patrick Schimenti
Director of Photography:
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Runtime: 7 min

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Must I Suffer More?

A riveting horror that explores an artist’s creative block.
3/5

Review

Written and directed by Patrick Schimenti, ‘Must I Suffer More?’ is a short horror film that unravels the mental anguish of an aspiring artist. Starring Ben Seltzer as Pierre, the central character, the narrative explores his distressing creative block during an artistic pursuit – which leads to a spiraling miscalculation. Exploring themes of mental health, drugs and identity, the short is produced without any character dialogue and largely carries the tone of trepidation. An unsettling watch from start-to-finish.

The 7-minute horror/thriller opens with Pierre pondering over his intended creative objective. A blank artistic canvas metaphorically mirrors his own internal void. As he struggles with inspiration and self-destruction, Pierre turns to psychoactive substances in an attempt to waken his dormant imagination. Without spoiling the narrative climax, the film acts as a sobering reminder that by taking shortcuts, you will eventually be cut short. Expect a gory show-down.

In spite of the film’s low-budget production style, with wobbly cinematography in places, Patrick Schimenti has crafted a riveting horror that doesn’t conceal its experimental methodology. Ben Seltzer delivers an alluring performance that is certain to keep viewers on tenterhooks throughout – all-the-while feeling empathy and concern.

The technicality is distinctly shy of cinematic, but that shouldn’t deter or disengage the audience. With dialogue omitted, the musical soundtrack acts as the palpable heart-beat of the story – which is nicely orchestrated throughout. The symbolic use of an hourglass is a nice touch that helps to illustrate the protagonist’s despondency and the urgency of his crisis. A respectable short that deserves attention.

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No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Brief Synopsis

Pierre is a painter, and wants you to know it. He takes to the street to create his masterpiece, but he can’t think of anything to paint. He turns to God for answers and inspiration but still nothing comes. Maybe a break and a drink will help his creative juices to flow? Still nothing. After a few of those drinks Pierre gets in contact with a friend who provides him some mind altering substances. Maybe this is the key to unlocking his creativity?
Must I Suffer More Short Film

Credits

Director(s): Patrick Schimenti
Writer(s): Patrick Schimenti
Cast: Ben Seltzer
Producer(s): Patrick Schimenti
Director of Photography:
Animation:

Specifcations

Genre: ,
Country:
Language:
Year:
Runtime: 7 min
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