‘Chasing Cotards’ is a visually stunning work of art. The short film, directed by Edward L. Dark, lasts only 13 minutes and has no dialogue to speak of. And yet it is a powerful piece telling the story of a man, Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Sea Wall), who struggles with the recent death of his wife and subsequently loses his will to live. The music that accompanies the film is beautifully composed, consisting of pieces from both the violin and piano. The tone the music takes reflects the feelings, and the sad state, of the main character.
Andrew Scott skilfully portrays his character, making the audience feel empathetic towards him as he begins to break down during his meal. It is clear to see from the actions of the main character that he wishes he were dead, he does not answer the door nor does he act in a normal fashion. He is, all in all, in grief and Andrew Scott pulls this off incredibly well. The arrival of Olivia Grant, who plays the character’s wife, is rather sweet and poignant. The two do not need to speak to one another to know what the other is feeling, and their chemistry is obvious. I was moved by the scene between the two as I felt that both performances were flawless. Another thing that must be commented on is the set design, the house is beautiful and has an air of sadness around it. Thus it reflects the hardships of Scott’s character. The film itself is very artistic and was a joy to watch, despite its sad content.
Chasing Cotards can be purchased for only £1.49. Believe me, this film is worth so much more.
Reviewed by Roxy Simons.