Narrow From Writer, Director, Actor Anna Chazelle
A backpack A woman trudges through what looks like a sunburnt field of grass, playing with a bottle of water that contains only a few drops. Things would only seem slightly serious if she hadn’t also just passed another woman, slumped in a heap a few yards from the path, screaming in pain for help – and with a look of steel on her face, she walked past. Then we notice the path she follows is marked with gravel and is barely a foot wide, and we can immediately guess that she has no intention of straying from it, for no reason.
But why? What is there outside? Who made the way and where does it lead? Just enough information is revealed in Narrow, A short movie by screenwriter, director and lead actress Anna Chazelle. Shared by Short of the week, it unfolds 10 incredibly tense minutes as we follow the protagonist through a landscape where a misstep is synonymous with unspeakable misfortune.
After the screaming woman at first, the cruel temptations only increase from there – oh, the box of food the makeshift juuuust lasso won’t reach – and soon turn into psychological terrors so terrible you can understand. why the hiker decides to do it. what she does. We never get the chance to find out what’s following her in her every move – or any idea what she wants, or what kind of apocalyptic event has given her so much power. But as Chazelle tells Short of the Week, that’s kind of the point: “For me, horror clarifies what is really important in our lives by removing the superfluous. I love stories with simple but imaginative premises that are approached in an authentic and grounded way. I particularly liked the idea of playing with sound, I am always particularly impressed by films, especially horror, which are not afraid of silence.
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