A good man is about to be interviewed to see if he deserves his spot in heaven, but the people interviewing him might have seen him from a different perspective.
You can think of the following review as a love letter to Robert Nolan. I was contacted by the director of this film after he was referred to us by Robert ("Worm" & "Familiar") Nolan, and to my joy I noticed that Mr. Nolan also starred in this short film. After the excellence that was "Familiar" I was ready for some more Nolan in my life, but I have to be honest and say that I was worried he'd be different under someone else's writing. But "God's Acre" is just further proof that Robert Nolan is a great actor who can play some realisticly demented roles.
Robert Nolan plays a prime example of a good man. He hasn't been consuming alcohol and not even smoked. But he is about to enter the most important interview of his life (or death). He's about to be interviewed to see if he deserves to go to heaven. All is fine and he is confident that he'll get in, but all that changes when the three people interviewing him are revealed to be from his past. And they know some things about him that won't give him the spot in heaven he so desperately wants.
I can't judge Alfredo Salvatore Arcilesi as a director from this one, which is why much of my focus is on Robert Nolan. The reason I can't judge him is because this is really the actor's film. The background mostly consists of blackness, and the only light we get is lighting up Robert Nolan and the three interviewers. There's not a lot in terms of camera movements and it's not a story that offers a lot of action. Instead it's 4 minutes of dialogue with the actors in focus.
That brings me right back to Robert Nolan. I think he might be the best actor I have watched in a long time. Between this and the Fatal Pictures' shorts, it's safe to say I'm a huge fan of his. Hell, I enjoy "Severance" as well. Robert Nolan manages to get to your head by simply just reading his lines. He knows how to pull them of realisticly, and he knows exactly how to make it awkwardly intense. "God's Acre" isn't as crazy as the other shorts I've seen him in, but here his character is even more subtle in his lines and it comes off as equally creepy.
"God's Acre" are 4 minutes of great acting. The three boys were good as the interviewers, but quite frankly I can't deny that Robert Nolan steals the spotlight. I am interested in checking more of Alfredo Salvatore Arcilesi's films since this one rested on Robert Nolan's shoulders. But that doesn't change the fact that it's really a great little short, that is equally well-written. Simple, subtle and tragic. The idea of being interviewed by people from your past to be allowed in heaven is a great idea and it was executed carefully here.