Review: Falsified

Review of “Falsified” – short film brilliantly illustrating the state of minds of the characters which find themselves in a very hard situation.

☆☆☆☆

Written by: Gabriel Mineau

“Falsified” is a short film which touches a heart breaking topic of children stolen from their parents at the birth day. This emotional film presents a story of Henry Mercer (Mitchell Mullen) – a man who’s been looking for his stolen son for over 30 years and promised his dead wife to find him.

The work begins with a scene of Henry in church which indicates the mood of the whole film which is very dark and melancholic. The crucial meeting with son Javier Baena played by Ashley Tabatabai(who also wrote and directed the movie) takes place in a bar. It’s a shocking moment for Javier who doesn’t want to believe that Henry is his biological father. Later, they meet together in a church and Javier decides to do a test. Henry promises not to bother him again if the results will be negative. The last moments show Henry dying in his hotel room and Javier receiving the tests with positive results. Despite the fact it’s a short 16-minute film, it features a lot of details which might not be noticeable straight away. This film really catches the attention of the viewer and lets him become a part of the events. It’s a result of fantastic, very cinematic camera work as well as really good acting.

“Falsified” brilliantly illustrates the state of minds of the characters which find themselves in a very hard situation. It’s a short film worth watching and Ashley Tabatabai deserves a big applause.

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