Title: Akibet

Also known as:
Aftermath (English title)

Year: 2014

Genre: Short / Drama

Language: Turkish

Runtime: 8 min

Director: Tofiq Rzayev

Writer: Tofiq Rzayev & Erdogan Ulgur

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4316202/

Damla wants to go through the belongings of her dead parents and move on, but her brother seems to not want to face what has happened. When he tells Damla to stop bugging him, he'll soon realize how important it is to stay together.

Our thoughts:
In a sea of horror shorts, it's always nice to get a short that is purely drama. This Turkish short film doesn't hold back on the punches though, as it's a bleak story through and through. Tofiq Rzayev has taken two grieving siblings that are on the opposite sides of how they handle their grief, and looks at what can happen when they don't stay strong together. After the death of their parents, the siblings get in an argument and one of them has to face the outcome.

The strength of "Akibet" is that it makes you think about how you handle grief and the people around you at the time of grief. This simple story looks at how two siblings battle the death of their parents differently. It's about only concerning yourself with your own emotions when you know someone else is just as affected as you are. Odds are that those that show themselves as strong are just as close, if not closer, to the tipping point than the "weak". I would not call "Akibet" a masterpiece, but it says a lot that it made me think.

Tofiq Rzayev has directed a solid drama short that goes straight to the point. It might be a little sensationalistic but that's only to make the message clear: even the strong ones hurt. I'm pleased with this little bleak family drama.

Positive things:
- Makes you think.
- Overall well-made.

Negative things:
- Can be seen as a bit heavy-handed.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 0/5

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