Alice met her friend at dinner, wanting to express everything she feels for him. But then she still did not understand the destructive nature of her words.

  • Matvey Sergeevich Krivolapov
  • Matvey Sergeevich Krivolapov
  • Sergey Nikolayevich Krivolapov
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    Experimental, Student
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 26, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Russian Federation
  • Country of Filming:
    Russian Federation
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Director Biography - Matvey Sergeevich Krivolapov

I am 17 years old and I am from Tomsk (Russia). I have been in the film industry for the sixth year, studied at the film school of the Higher School of Journalism of Tomsk State University and am engaged in directing feature films. There are 8 short films in the creative portfolio folder.

I taught film directing in Moscow and other Russian cities, shot films for regional enterprises. I was a prize-winner at the international film Festival after I made my first short film.

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Director Statement

Psychological drama. Alice met a friend for dinner. They have known each other for a long time and knew a lot about each other. The heroine raises the topic of their relationship with her monologue, where she tells the story of their relationship, confesses her feelings and makes a deep psychoanalysis of the interlocutor. When the monologue ended, there was silence, there was no answer.
The heroine is tormented by soaps about the irresponsibility of her feelings. Holding back her anxiety for a long time, she expresses everything to a friend, simply because she hopes for changes in their relationship. But while Alice is talking, she begins to realize that there is much more hatred in her words than love feelings, that she is now ruining friendship and hurting the interlocutor. She keeps talking because she understands that there is no turning back. As a result, her monologue turns into a deep psychoanalysis of a friend, all his flaws are blamed in Alice's words, while she herself cannot cope with emotions.
The main theme of the film is unrequited love. The subtext of the film included topics such as friendship, loneliness and the struggle with psychological problems.
The film was shot in one five-minute frame. The heroine is highlighted in shades of white and gray against the contrast of red and green colors. The light focuses attention not on the circumstances, but on the emotions of the heroine in the center of the frame. Throughout the entire monologue, the camera slowly brings the heroine closer to the viewer, therefore, starting with a general plan, the film ends with a close-up. Alice's gestures allow her to occupy the entire screen space. The viewer does not see her interlocutor sitting on the other side of the table, which creates a feeling of dialogue between the heroine and the viewer.
The film raises many psychological problems of modern man. The theme of unrequited love serves as a tool for disclosure, because it is when we fall in love that we understand what we have to fight and give this understanding to the partner. Since the most important problems, unnoticeable in ordinary times, are raised, the viewer unintentionally finds them in himself and thereby undergoes introspection. The feeling that the heroine is speaking to the viewer, raising her wide-open eyes at him, makes the viewer subconsciously stand in one of the positions of the dialogue: either understands the heroine and identifies himself with her, or takes her words at his own expense.
I wrote the script for this film based on real events: everything the heroine says was once told to me. After such a dialogue, my communication with this person ended. Just because it's really painful and unpleasant to hear. Then I realized that this is a description not only of me, but also of almost any person from the age range of 12-28 years. I decided to make a film that will make the viewer experience everything that happens on the screen. A film that will slowly immerse itself in history and make the viewer hurt, but will lead the viewer to revise himself.