…a Thousand Words (2010) – By Brian Morton

The old saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words, well, director Jonathan Bertain has taken that saying and put it to the test in his new short, …a Thousand Words.

The movie starts with a woman sitting alone in the bathtub, soon we realize that she’s contemplating her life and what’s become of it. We’re privy to what’s going through her mind, the decisions she’s made, and how she feels she should deal with them. When there’s a knock on the door, we don’t know who’s there or what they might want…although Jon has given us enough clues that we’re free to speculate!

And that’s the real beauty of …a Thousand Words, there’s no dialogue in the short at all, we’re given images to work with and we’re left to try to understand what’s happened to the woman to bring her to this point. It’s a wonderfully put together movie that will have you imagining all sorts of scenarios about this woman and what has happened to her! I’m giving …a thousand words, 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s amazingly well put together, and Maggie VandenBerghe is excellent, giving a performance that’s one of the best I’ve ever seen! If you get the chance to check this cool short out at a festival, don’t pass it up…you won’t regret it! You can find out more about …a Thousand Words by heading over to http://www.thousandwordsfilm.com.