25 Mag “Wives Of The Skies” by Honey Lauren
“Wives of the Skies” was an incredible surprise. From the first minute, the feeling is totally positive. It is rare, in the short film sector, to find films made with this technical refinement and this remarkable production effort. Of course it is not only this that makes a film valuable. And “Wives of the Skies” is much more. Above the solid structure of an excellent screenplay, built with intelligent irony and impeccable dialogical rhythms, Honey Lauren builds a multifaceted, exhilarating, seductive film. The cinematic reconstruction of the 1960s, so profound in its references and in the details of the set design and costumes, gives an idea of the maturity and talent with which the director made the film. Lauren’s gaze is courageously indiscreet and becomes the true protagonist of the story. Through editing and dizzying close-ups, the viewer slips into a dynamic and engaging narration, full of twists.
Honey Lauren is truly an author, for the mastery with which she makes aesthetic and narrative choices that create an absolutely new and personal construction of meaning. There is clearly a lot of nostalgic love for a certain type of analog cinema that has almost disappeared: the continuous alternation of formats (digital and 8mm) contributes to creating an attractive retro image that is always credible and aesthetically interesting. All this penetrates between the folds of the story and in the wake of the best cinematographic tradition, raises the story to something more complex and profound. This foray into sexuality and gender inequality of an age only apparently so distant, inevitably questions us about what our freedoms and taboos are today. Thanks to the interpretations of the protagonists of this excellent film, a visual system based on a grandiose cinematography and aware of that historical dimension to be evoked, the greatness of this film is immediately visible.
A praise to the actors, true mediators of a great script, masks of irony and human delicacy.