Arrangement (2013) – By Misty Layne

Arrangement is a short film about a woman who is confronted about her evil ways by a strange man posing as a contract killer. Set in a diner and clocking in just under 20 minutes, Arrangement is a classic noir with a twist. Short, sweet and to the point, it’s a diabolically good time.

The film starts with the lovely yet icy Mrs. Penrose entering a diner to meet a man who is supposedly a contract killer. After running the basics of the hit she’s arranging and after a bit of odd behavior from the man, she realizes that he’s not who he says he is and that this diner isn’t your typical diner. The questions that remain now are whether she will survive this encounter and who exactly this man really is. Once you realize what’s truly going on, you’ll be in for a pleasant shock and a film that seemed straight up suddenly develops extra layers.

The film itself is beautiful –shot in black and white and very much lending itself to the noir classic stereotype of “beautiful blond meets handsome detective” (or killer as the case may be). Each individual shot is exquisite and hints at what’s to come. There isn’t a moment out of place here.

There are only three characters here and each one is played perfectly by the respective actors. Victoria Gates as Mrs. Penrose is beautiful and distant and just plain evil while Kenneth McGregor as Mr. Denaker is mysterious and dangerous all while being nice. And August D’Amato as the waitress, Claire, is charming and a delight, doing what she’s told and unwavering in her devotion.

Arrangement is a fun and supernatural little film that delivers what you don’t quite see coming. Containing many genre elements, it hits home with its “moral of the story” – what is evil and what isn’t and who decides upon what constitutes evil? Highly recommended for fans of the short film genre, you can learn more about the film by visiting their IMDB page.