FUNERAILLES ( FUNERAL) 2019
"Director Marie Vandelannoote has managed to create something really interesting with just one room, four actors and a casket.
Funeral is a superbly performed piece by its actors, Anne-Helene Orvelin,
Anne-Laure Gruet, Stefen Eynius, and Damien Boisseau. [...]
Marie Vandelannoote directs with skill and, even though the film is set mostly at a small table in front of a casket, she keeps the audience interested with en pointe dialogue and a roaming camera, that flitters between the characters as they deliver their lines.
I truly enjoyed Funeral. It is a true testament of independent film making and it really does go to show that you do not need a lot of money to make a good short film, you just need hard work and skill, and Funeral has it all in abundance."
CARL BRUGESS, SCREEN CRITIX
"Told with a minimalist design and simple filmmaking approach, short film Funeral leans heavily on its cast and dramatic themes rather than any overly stylish camera work or special effects[...]
The atmosphere is palpably anxious, with a familial tension layering most sequences and characters migrating from joy to anguish in a heartbeat. [...]
Dramatically performed and bearing all manner of life's enduring quandaries, Funeral is a profound examination of the fallout from someone's passing. The repercussions and personal reverberations are compellingly explored by a talented cast and skillful director."
CHRIS OLSON, UK FILM REVIEW
"Very cleverly crafted, Marie Vandelannoote’s Funeral’s merit lies as much in its camerawork as in its screenplay. [...]
The entire film is shot handheld in long takes, excellently using staging and blocking to depict the relational dynamics between the siblings, while beautifully building the plot along the way. [...]
What gets you about Funeral isn’t its nifty design, but the statement it so effectively makes with it; that though the truth, ugly though it may be, could be in plain sight for all to see, one might miss it until it’s all over and too late. "
SRISTI GAYEN, INDIE SHORT MAG