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Cupid

An experimental short that explores identity, society and body-image.
3/5

Review

Written and directed by Demarco Mayle, ‘Cupid’ is an experimental drama film that moderately explores the identity, body-image and psyche of a young man. Starring Demarco Mayle as the sole character, the partially off-beat narrative divulges into the protagonist lack of self-recognition – unveiling his desire to alter his human characteristics. With a science-fiction underbelly, ‘Cupid’ is heavily shaped by its experimental technicality – albeit with low budget stylistics.

The 4-minute drama opens in pessimism as we are introduced to the gloomy outlook of a young man. Detached from general society – and his appearance – the man embarks on an extreme modification of his identity – converting his face into something inanimate, if not other worldly. A salient message that the film intents to convey, is that human-beings have become carbon-copies of one another – depleting our individuality.

Demarco’s narrative intensions are laudable with ‘Cupid’, but the overall technicality falls short of engaging. Cinematography and sound are distinctly modest, which may thwart viewer enthrallment. Demarco’s portrayal as the angst protagonist is fairly commendable and is well-orchestrated from start-to-finish. A deeper exploration of the character’s backstory and his goal would wrap up the narrative pleasingly – as at times the audience may feel disconnected with the character’s psychology. The subject matter is certainly intriguing, which is bound to maintain interest. In spite of the before-mentioned shortcomings, ‘Cupid’ is an experimental film that shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Cupid

An experimental short that explores identity, society and body-image.
3/5

Review

Written and directed by Demarco Mayle, ‘Cupid’ is an experimental drama film that moderately explores the identity, body-image and psyche of a young man. Starring Demarco Mayle as the sole character, the partially off-beat narrative divulges into the protagonist lack of self-recognition – unveiling his desire to alter his human characteristics. With a science-fiction underbelly, ‘Cupid’ is heavily shaped by its experimental technicality – albeit with low budget stylistics.

The 4-minute drama opens in pessimism as we are introduced to the gloomy outlook of a young man. Detached from general society – and his appearance – the man embarks on an extreme modification of his identity – converting his face into something inanimate, if not other worldly. A salient message that the film intents to convey, is that human-beings have become carbon-copies of one another – depleting our individuality.

Demarco’s narrative intensions are laudable with ‘Cupid’, but the overall technicality falls short of engaging. Cinematography and sound are distinctly modest, which may thwart viewer enthrallment. Demarco’s portrayal as the angst protagonist is fairly commendable and is well-orchestrated from start-to-finish. A deeper exploration of the character’s backstory and his goal would wrap up the narrative pleasingly – as at times the audience may feel disconnected with the character’s psychology. The subject matter is certainly intriguing, which is bound to maintain interest. In spite of the before-mentioned shortcomings, ‘Cupid’ is an experimental film that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Cupid Short Film

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No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Specifications

Runtime: 4 min
Country:
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