In a strip club, a woman reveals something about herself to a man, but they discover something about themselves too.
Certain films, quite often short films really, manage to hook you in without really actually letting you in. Sometimes it's a clumsy experience, where the filmmakers intended to nestle the story in a way that might have felt intellectual at the time, but which is really just a mess. At other times, you can tell that the idea or story isn't at all the focus in a traditional way, and the storytelling is very much intentionally hidden behind layers of streaming thoughts, feelings or atmospheres.
With "The Days God Slept" they have definitely managed to let us in while leaving us completely out. It's structurally simple - set in a strip club and consists mostly of dialog, with shots of dancers and what appears to be a memory. A woman is telling a man about something personal, and what follows is that stream I mentioned earlier. It's constructed to make you think and feel, and the word the filmmakers themselves have gone to describe it with is "prayer". And that's very much spot on, because like a prayer the movie is personal, desperate (I say that without talking down to people who pray) and speaks indirectly.
The short film is a nice collaboration between the filmmakers, and they all do most certainly fulfill their duty. The writer has brought us something thoughtful, the actors delivers it with equal care, cinematographer has given visual life to an otherwise dialog-driven film. And we can't forget Jeremiah Kipp who has grown even more as a filmmaker since 2009's "Contact".
Don't take my lack of mention of other people involved as something other than laziness, as this is definitely a team effort that worked because they all truly cared. "The Days God Slept" is a change of pace to many films, but that's not to say that we do indeed feel lost in it. It's part of the charm, but the film carries a bit too much for a 10 minute film, as we would've liked to spend more time with its ideas. But overall a short film well worth checking out.