19 Ott “For it is written” by Daniel Ståhl
Vengeance is a very profound and ambiguous concept which spreads thoughout all the bible and has a very significant evolution in the passage from Ancient Testament to New Testament. The god of the first books of the Bible was vengeful and rabid, while in the Gospels vengeance becomes something that doesn’t have to do with men anymore, but it is in the hand of God’s judgement in times to come.
The characters of this very strong short story, in which a repeated rape has to be avenged, live in a catholic environment which influences their ethics and morals up to the point that its misunderstanding leads the main characters to look for vengeance himself, plunging the story and the plot in the final chaos.
While the story is archetypical, the form it has is very elegant. Cinematography is clean, soft and filmic and the language of direction and editing is sober and plain. The two leading actors give a very convincing performance and they have really interesting faces.
What convinced us the most was the attempt for the short to have the form and flow of an author’s genre movie. This makes it a convincing story told with mastery and good technique without ever overacting. We find this to be a great value in this time where nobody believes in “less is more” anymore.