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The Driver

A poignant tale of grief in later life.
5/5

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Directed by Evan Oliver and Allen Baker, from a script by Lisa Oliver, ‘The Driver’ is a short drama film that accounts the melancholic livelihood of a grief-stricken man. Set amongst the picturesque backdrop of rural Oregon, the narrative delves into the sole character’s commencement of widowerhood – portrayed poignantly by Jon Lee. A heart-warming tale of loss, loneliness, heartbreak, misplacement and reclusiveness.

Throughout the 10-minute film, which acts as a fly-on-the-wall portrait of bereavement, we witness the central character’s sorrowful existence. The elderly man goes about his days in silent solitude, as he tries to grapple the next chapter of his life – alone on his ranch without neighboring family or friends. In spite of the man’s limited life-purpose, tending to his horse provides him some comfort and duty – which acts as a powerful transition to hope.

Lisa Oliver has created a stirring tale that gives an unflinching look at grief in later life. Under Evan Oliver and Allen Baker’s direction, the film is beautifully crafted with stellar cinematography, lighting and post-production. John Lee delivers an awe-inspiring and convincing portrayal that oozes authenticity and despair – Lee deserves high acclaim and appreciation. In spite of the omittance of dialogue – which aids the theme of isolation – the film is held together with a jukebox of musical tracks that flows well with the overall narrative. Highly recommended.
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The Driver

A poignant tale of grief in later life.
5/5

Review

Directed by Evan Oliver and Allen Baker, from a script by Lisa Oliver, ‘The Driver’ is a short drama film that accounts the melancholic livelihood of a grief-stricken man. Set amongst the picturesque backdrop of rural Oregon, the narrative delves into the sole character’s commencement of widowerhood – portrayed poignantly by Jon Lee. A heart-warming tale of loss, loneliness, heartbreak, misplacement and reclusiveness.

Throughout the 10-minute film, which acts as a fly-on-the-wall portrait of bereavement, we witness the central character’s sorrowful existence. The elderly man goes about his days in silent solitude, as he tries to grapple the next chapter of his life – alone on his ranch without neighboring family or friends. In spite of the man’s limited life-purpose, tending to his horse provides him some comfort and duty – which acts as a powerful transition to hope.

Lisa Oliver has created a stirring tale that gives an unflinching look at grief in later life. Under Evan Oliver and Allen Baker’s direction, the film is beautifully crafted with stellar cinematography, lighting and post-production. John Lee delivers an awe-inspiring and convincing portrayal that oozes authenticity and despair – Lee deserves high acclaim and appreciation. In spite of the omittance of dialogue – which aids the theme of isolation – the film is held together with a jukebox of musical tracks that flows well with the overall narrative. Highly recommended.
The Driver Short Film

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