A friend receives a text from a friend telling him to go find him. The friend and the fiancée of the disappeared man are concerned and only know that he was near a forest around the point of disappearing.
Creator of many short films and the recently reviewed "Akibet" ("Aftermath") returns with a short that exchanges some of the previous film's sensationalism with low key, personal dialogue that leads to a mysterious ending. Tofiq Rzayev is a busy independent filmmaker from Azerbaijan who you can tell is just loading his gun with experience to eventually make a feature. His short films vary in style and genre, and with "The Girl in the Woods" he tackles a very serious and traditional mystery of a disappearance.
A man receives a text on his phone from a friend. The text says "find me". This causes him and the fiancée of the friend to worry, but they have no idea what has actually happened to him. Most of the short film consists of dialogue between the friend and fiancée, but also dialogues in the woods with a mysterious woman who ends up playing a larger part in the whole thing.
I think that it is very good for Tofiq Rzayev as a filmmaker to make dialogue heavy short films and there is nothing seriously wrong with "The Girl in the Woods". The only part I didn't find too interesting was the woman in the woods, but I can't pinpoint if the fault was just the script or the acting. She just seemed like a weird addition, despite being the biggest piece of the mystery. The dialogue too felt very stilted in the first scene with her. Her character pulled the movie a away for me.
"The Girl in the Woods" shows that the filmmaker is ready to try different things and he can certainly execute it well (as a result it felt much shorter than its runtime). However, I was put off by the shift between an interesting mystery of a lost friend, and just getting some weird character in the woods be the reason of it all. It's an emotionally charged movie but that never quite translates to the audience.