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These Wild Things

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Directed by Samantha Smith

Nov 22, 2016 Web Exclusive
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Samantha Smith’s These Wild Things is the calling card of a filmmaker to watch. Set in a desolate part of the Louisiana bayou, the bizarre powerhouse of a short film stars Joshua Mark Sienkiewicz as a well-meaning motorist who accidentally hits a pedestrian, Jamie Neumann, after she appears as if out of thin air. Fearing for her health, her brings her to his cabin and tries to tend to her injuries, only to discover that she is as strange as the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Sienkiewicz and Neumann (she also wrote the screenplay) are impressive on screen; it would be little surprise if they start to crop up more frequently and in more public works. However, the true standouts are Smith, and Director of Photography Natalie Kingston. From its opening shot, These Wild Things is gorgeous, almost hauntingly so. Beautifully framed, with keenly detailed set design, These Wild Things is a stunning example of the highest caliber film delivered in a small package.

* These Wild Things is part of Under the Radar’s 2016 New Orleans Film Festival coverage. For a list of all NOFF Jury Award Winners, click here.

Author rating: 7.5/10

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