Two brothers find themselves in bin bags, dumped in the woods. Wounded they struggle to stand up when a man dressed in white brings them to his large villa and feeds them.
I contacted one of the guys behind this short film a long time ago in regards to a mixtape. It's so long ago that I actually don't remember much of it other than the title of the mixtape. But this is what Brent Sharkey told me when he contacted me to check out his new short film. "Brothers" was made to be part of a 48 hours competition (V48Hours 2012), where the rules are.. I don't think I need to explain, but you make a film within 48 hours. "Brothers" ended up in the grand finals, with almost 800 entries in total. Not bad at all! But also not surprising when you watch this oddity of a short film.
Watching this and focusing on the plot is like watching porn and focusing on the furniture. It's there, it does its part, but it's not the main course (porn and food analogy in one little explanation - score!). This short film is a twisted little take on the Hansel and Gretel tale, and while you do see that in the film I'm not sure I am willing to call this an adaption of the story. But again, let's not focus on the wrong thing here.
The right things to focus on are the visuals. This is a completely mesmerizing film where the style they have chosen to use is what will capture you. It mixes still shots with moving shots, where in a first glance it looks like still photography. Until you notice the shadows in the background moving, the leaves on the trees blowing, and wine in the glass going back and forth. But still the people on screen are standing still. This and the black and white makes "Brothers" a joy for the eyes, and an inspiration for this fellow filmmaker.
There's not much to say about this as I believe it needs to be watched, not explained. If these guys could make this in 48 hours, then they are clearly a force to be reckoned with. They go under the name of ADHDMi, so keep an eye out!