Impasse

An unspoken spark of attraction is ignited inside both a man and woman in a train car but can love overcome the human condition of intolerance?

What starts out as a simple man-meets-woman romance, in a sleepy train car, we later realize there’s something more to this encounter – a dimension of one of the characters we don’t readily see.

As both the man and the woman sit across from each other and dart their eyes to steal a glance of the other, an almost tennis-match-like volley of shots stitch sequentially, leaving us to wonder if their eyes ever met. Until they finally do. And when they do, a gift from the woman to the man inadvertently drops on his head.

The awkwardness of head positions, scanning of the eyes and inward smiles tell the story of these two during this segment of the man’s train ride, but it’s the seemingly innocuous gift from the woman to the man that leaves the rest of the story wide open. When he peers out the window to see his recently departed booth mate, does he hesitate due to the typical fears of “breaking the ice” with a woman that he finds attractive or is it something else?

Without words, we’re left to consider whether love and attraction can break through the impasse of human intolerance.

Cast & Crew

Director: Bram Schouw
Screenplay: Bram Schouw, Jasper Wolf
Producer: Lisa Driehuis, Robert Roosenstein, Jeroen van den Idsert, Yani
DOP: Jasper Wolf
Key Cast: Sieger Sloot, Mutaleni Nadimi
Editor: Brian Ent
Production: ART FOR THE WORLD in coproduction with Hazazah Pictures

Ratings & Review

Narrative
Characters
Engagement
After the revelation, you have to watch the film again to re-contextualize the characters' behaviors.
Very Good
About The Author
- Joon Shin has always been an advocate for independent films and is a Co-Founder & Partner for Content of Characters, Board Director for both Dosha Pops and In The Lights PR, and serves on the Board of Advisors for TriplAgent.