Some truths are better left untold.
Meg Pinsonneault‘s indie short-film Feast of the Foolish is a brilliantly captured romantic noir set in the 1940s. Oliver (Will Rhodes) is a Depression Era outlaw fleeing from his latest heist at a grocery store. He later awakens in the desert and discovers a group of carnival gypsies who led him to the dwelling of a mysterious enchantress Nora (Elizabeth Stenson). Oliver, hoping for a positive sign about his future–the enchantress informs him indirectly it is his past that he should be more concerned with.
The most noticeable element of the film is the fantastic cinematography. Shot in a classic western, rustic appeal Feast of the Foolish is also a complete feast for the eyes. Particular set detail was taken in the lair of the enchantress, a small abode with glass bottles in an assortment of colors fixed into the walls. Light casting itself on the outside of this building creates a beautiful and mysterious environment befitting of an enchantress. The short was filmed on location in Joshua Tree, California, making the footage all the more spectacular.
The costumes of the cast members are perfect, and the character gypsies definitely looked the part with flamboyant make-up and trinkets. My all out favorite, the “Gypsy Woman” portrayed by Jennifer Bowman, overall brilliant performances from everyone involved.
Feast of the Foolish is successful in keeping audience guessing as to what Oliver’s prior circumstances were until the very end–utilizing small queues such as a silver pocket watch and tarot cards. The enchantress is an impressive clue herself–did she have another identity? In roughly twelve minutes, Feast of the Foolish is a feast for the senses providing viewers with an engaging plot line with mysterious appeal and accompanying charming imagery.
An absolute stunner.
Feast of the Foolish was received as a courtesy for review from Meg Pinsonneault of Thirsty Girl Films. Feast was honored as an Official Selection for the 2012 HollyShorts Film Festival, and the 2012 Go NORTH Creative Festival. Winning Best Short Thriller for the 2012 FirstGlance Film Festival, third place in the Best Short Thriller at The International Indie Gathering, and nominated for Best Short Film at the 2012 Female Eye Film Festival.
Source: Feast of the Foolish
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