FEAST OF THE FOOLISH (2011) – Review


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 witch informs him indirectly it is his past that he should be more concerned.FEAST OF THE FOOLISH 2011 POSTER

The most noticeable element of the film is the fantastic cinematography. Shot in a classic western, rustic appeal in Feast, and a complete “feast” for the eyes. Careful detailing 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 looked the part with flamboyant makeup 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 the 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 a vital 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 provocative imagery.

An absolute stunner.

Feast was honored as an Official Selection for the 2012 HollyShorts Film Festival, and 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.

Art and supplementary material courtesy ©2012 of Meg Pinsonneault and Thirsty Girl Films. All rights are reserved. 

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Review Summary:

A unique and dark piece about a Depression Era outlaw lost in the desert who seeks answers about his future from a dark enchantress.

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