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Vimeo Short Film of the Week: “People In Cars”

Short films matter. Vimeo wants you to know it. So do we. That’s we’re taking a weekly look at some of some of the short film world’s best and brightest. This week, we bring you Daniel Lundh’s surprisingly prescient drama People in Cars.

The Plot: Four separate cars. Four delicate conversations. Eight uncomfortable people.

The Film:

Over the years, we’ve talked a lot about how keeping a concept simple is the key to making a good short film. Some movies take that idea to the extreme. Daniel Lundh’s People in Cars is just such a film. And just in case you were wondering, no that’s not a clever title that alludes to some loftier concept. The entire film is centered around people in cars and focuses entirely on the conversations they’re having. No music. No action. No special effects. Just people sitting in a car talking.

As if that concept wasn’t simple enough, Lundh and DP Oskar Lundgren take matters a step further by staging static two-shots for each conversation and filming them all directly through each car’s windshield. The only element that changes are the barely visible backdrops for each scene, which Lundh and Lundgren cleverly use to differentiate each scene. As such, the only action in the film is spawned from conversation. What Lundh and his cast craft from each interaction makes People in Cars one of the more humanistic films you’ve ever seen.

Don’t worry, we’re keeping the content and context of those conversations to ourselves. Part of the fun of People in Cars is watching each conversation unfold. Just know that you’ll laugh and you’ll cringe and you’ll probably want to reach into the screen and give a couple of these characters a hug. And know that the way Lundh pieces each conversation (and thus the entire film) together is the reason that you care so much about the outcome of each. We’re still not quite sure how he pulled it of, but we’re eternally grateful that he did … and you will be too.

Meet The Crew:

Directed by: Daniel Lundh Starring: Amy Diamond, Charlie Peterson, Karl Windén, Stefan Larsson, Sabina Heitmann, Anders Back, Annica Liljeblad, Tess Paulsen, My Holmsten, Per Fenger-krog, Filip Gisslén, Kristoffer Trigell Director of Photography: Oskar Lundgren

We hope you enjoy People in Cars! We watch a lot of movies here in the short film corner of Cut Print, but this one really caught us off guard. We’re really hoping it’ll sneak up on you as well. And here’s hoping we get to see Daniel Lundh bring his subtly subversive perspective to a new project (long form or short) in the near future. While you’re waiting to see what Lundh does next, you can also catch up with the director’s prior work over at his Vimeo page.

While you’re kicking around, be sure to check out some of the thousands of other short films – animated, live action and documentary – team Vimeo has curated for your viewing pleasure (via desktop or mobile device … SWEET!). You’re sure to find something interesting, and you may just stumble across your new favorite filmmaker.

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Patrick Phillips is a Staff Writer for CutPrintFilm, looper.com and geekinsider.com. He reads a lot, drinks too much coffee, buys too many records and loves writing about movies. Find him on Twitter at @savagedetectiv. Follow his movie tastes right here - https://www.taste.io/users/patphiltaste/ratings.

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