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Scent of White Hands

A heartwrenching drama with nuanced performances, tackling betrayal and guilt.
5/5

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‘Scent of White Hands’, directed by Sebastien Wielemans, is a deeply poignant and thought-provoking short drama film that explores the contrast between two individuals of different cultures, identity and age, who find temporary solace in each other’s company amidst desperation. Els Deceukelier delivers a standout performance as Murielle, a lonely woman whose erratic generosity leads her to take in Abdelkhader, a young Arab migrant played by Mohamed Deeb Al Ali, who is fleeing from Belgian migrant authorities.

The narrative delves into the complexities of their relationship, as language constraints, identity issues and generational differences test their bond. Throughout the film, uncomfortable scenes raise important political and social questions, leaving viewers with a heartfelt and heartbreaking experience.

The cinematography by Juan Sepulchre is of a cinematic standard, providing a beautifully poignant and well-choreographed visual experience. The film’s polished look is further enhanced by commendable sound design and post-production work.

One cannot overlook the exceptional acting with Deceukelier delivering a powerful and nuanced performance that deserves high praise. The chemistry between the two leads is palpable, adding depth and authenticity to their characters’ journey.

Although the film is predominantly in Dutch, French, and Arabic languages, the English subtitles allow for easy comprehension and engagement with the story. Overall, this is a must-watch short film that leaves a lasting impact, exploring themes of betrayal and desperation.

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Scent of White Hands

A heartwrenching drama with nuanced performances, tackling betrayal and guilt.
5/5

Review

‘Scent of White Hands’, directed by Sebastien Wielemans, is a deeply poignant and thought-provoking short drama film that explores the contrast between two individuals of different cultures, identity and age, who find temporary solace in each other’s company amidst desperation. Els Deceukelier delivers a standout performance as Murielle, a lonely woman whose erratic generosity leads her to take in Abdelkhader, a young Arab migrant played by Mohamed Deeb Al Ali, who is fleeing from Belgian migrant authorities.

The narrative delves into the complexities of their relationship, as language constraints, identity issues and generational differences test their bond. Throughout the film, uncomfortable scenes raise important political and social questions, leaving viewers with a heartfelt and heartbreaking experience.

The cinematography by Juan Sepulchre is of a cinematic standard, providing a beautifully poignant and well-choreographed visual experience. The film’s polished look is further enhanced by commendable sound design and post-production work.

One cannot overlook the exceptional acting with Deceukelier delivering a powerful and nuanced performance that deserves high praise. The chemistry between the two leads is palpable, adding depth and authenticity to their characters’ journey.

Although the film is predominantly in Dutch, French, and Arabic languages, the English subtitles allow for easy comprehension and engagement with the story. Overall, this is a must-watch short film that leaves a lasting impact, exploring themes of betrayal and desperation.

Scent Short Film

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Language: , ,
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