Title: Little Death, A

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Year: 2002

Genre: Realism / Art House

Language: None

Runtime: 5 min

Director: Sam Taylor-Wood

Writer: N/A


What first just looks like an artistic gallery-setup of a dead hare on a table next to a peach, slowly raises itself to a level of realism many can't watch, when the hare starts to decompose in front of the camera.

Our thoughts:
This short but grotesque is one of those films that I'm still not sure as I write the review, if I really should review of not. I think I've said it before, but I'm way too stupid to understand the deeper meaning in films like A Little Death, and this review will represent my stupid general thoughts.

The dead decomposing hare isn't the sole purpose to why this movie seems so grotesque. There are two major things outside of that, and they are the following: The color and the peace. The color is grey-ish and so dead in itself, that it could make any film seem more obscene than it really is, and adding a dead animal to that only makes it worse. The other thing, the peace, feels somewhat important. There's no sound at all, and there's no surrounding movement, only the hare. This makes me more focus on what's actually happening before my eyes. At one point, it looks like the hare is moving, but it's just the worms doing their job. The peach that they've put next to the hare is still fresh at the end of the decaying, and it's hard not to try and figure out what Taylor-Wood was thinking about when he made this. What does the hare represent? What does the worms and the decay represent? And perhaps most important of all - what does the peach represent?

I can't think of many more words to put in this review, since I'm having a hard time analyzing it, but I just couldn't let this film slip by FilmBizarro.com. It hurts me that the ratings below doesn't do it justice, because alot of people will scroll down to see the Gore and whatnot, and there's basicly none, unless you count the really rotted and decayed flesh.

It's a very artsy film without being "artsy fartsy", like oh so many. Sam Taylor-Wood didn't make a big fuzz about what's happening and just lets reality run it's course in front of the camera. If you've liked other shorts I've reviewed, check this out. Everyone will most likely get a weird feeling when watching this, and alot of people won't care for it at all.

P.S. I want to warn everyone out there that this film is NOT to be confused with the reference for orgasm, a little death/la petite mort.

Positive things:
- Reality is scary.
- Good for what it is - art.
Negative things:
- I'm too stupid to understand it.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 0/5
Effects: 1/5
Comedy: 0/5

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