Title: Victory.

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Year: 2010

Genre: Short / Drama / Thriller

Language: English

Runtime: 29 min

Director: Daniel Schneidkraut

Writer: Daniel Schneidkraut & Andrew Martin

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1699717/

Every day has came to look the same for Bobby. Wake up, put on the work clothes, get out and work on the family farm. Because his mother and father can't be there to help now, there is no time to stop. And it's slowly getting to Bobby's head.

Our thoughts:
Here we have a much easier movie for me to dig into than "Matt's Story" was, simply because this one is more of a thinker. Where "Matt's Story" was really just a part of the everyday life of two vagrants, and doesn't dwell into the past, this one builds its entire plot around what has happened to our lead character in the past.

It starts off with Bobby waking up, getting the work clothes from the dryer, and getting on with his day. His day consists of taking care of the farm and the animals. We quickly react to the sadness that surrounds him and the fact that he just seems to fucking lonely, and slowly a past event reveals itself to us. Not completely, but just enough to give us an idea of what happened, and maybe more importantly - what's to come after the movie ends. Yes, this ends right about when it's starting to get intense, and doesn't really give us a clear idea of what Bobby is about to do. But I liked that!

We're not given all details about the past either, but there are some very important scenes that help us mold it together well enough. Bobby is working on his mother and father's farm, but they're not there because his father was sent to the hospital. Yet again, we don't know for sure what has happened, but my best guess is that there was an accident and Bobby might be to blame for it. Through-out the short film we see Bobby fight his inner demons, and they show up as paranoia, and sometimes even as subtle hallucinations.

"Victory." is a strange film that I'm sure has even more to say than what I could get from it, especially considering it had a few scenes that seemed to imply Bobby either has a fascination for war, or has been to war and came back. Either way, this is a good psychological drama that proves once again that, sometimes, less is more. Well-crafted by Daniel Schneidkraut and well-acted by Daniel Joeck. This is definitely worth buying, and you can get it for cheap along with his excellent feature "Seeking Wellness" and previous short film "Matt's Story".

Positive things:
- Daniel Joeck was great in the lead role.
- Subtle craziness at its best.
Negative things:
- I'm sure there were some ideas within the movie that went over my head.

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 3/5
Effects: 0.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

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