Call Girl (2014) – By Kirsten Walsh

With all of the buzz surrounding Jill Sixx Gevarigizian’s directorial debut, I’ve been keeping an eye on this project for a while. “Call Girl”, featuring “American Mary’s” Tristan Risk and “Human Centipede 3’s” Laurence R. Harvey, is a short film centering around a guy who hires a call girl and attempts to share it with his long distance friend via his webcam. The film is a perfect length to tell the story and leave the audience wanting more.

Gevarigizian utilizes some interesting techniques in her film, which I think she pulled off successfully. She pulls the viewer into the film by the use of the “webcam” and makes the audience play along with Laurence’s game. The wide angled, fish eye styled lens slightly distorts the view of the singular room where everything takes place. With the film taking place in one take, it definitely highlights the actors as well as the director as for being able to set everything up just right. Of course, shows like “True Detective” are utilizing the one take gimmick, but many remember Park Chan-Wook’s “Oldboy” as being a film that really brought that into the spotlight. With “Call Girl” clocking in under ten minutes, it is intriguing to see the one take idea used for an entire film, successfully. Gevarigizian takes advantage of the negative spaces at the very beginning and end of the film, which play into the eeriness of the film and give the audience a tease at the end. She also throws in some computer lag to give the audience the feel that they are actually watching this through a computer. While this was interesting, it also brought out the aggravation with technology when it does lag, and I think it was a smidgen overused.

The story is simplistic in its writing, with very little dialogue, leaving most of the effect of the film with the two actors. Harvey plays the slightly creepy guy who has a plan and is putting it into effect, but still is nervous, and it mixes quite well. Risk, aside from being a beautiful contrast to Harvey’s unique appearance, also shows signs of nerves, explaining that she is “new at this”. The two together are an excellent and odd pairing and this film is a great showcase of both of their talents.

As far as the end of the film, it definitely left me wanting more, which was only slightly satisfied with the excellent end credits song by Colin Lacativa. It won’t be long before we see another Jill Sixx Gevarigizian film in the works!

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