En Passant (2005) – By Brian Morton

The title to this great short refers to a chess move, it means ‘while the pawn is passing’. And that phrase takes on a bit more irony given the subject of En Passant.

En Passant is a very short movie about two men, sitting across from each other talking about killers. One espouses that Elizabeth Bathory is the world’s most prolific killer with a body count at over 600. The other believes that Bathory doesn’t really count because she was nobility and never really had to hide what she did, he prefers the tactics of The Ice Man, the mafia hit man famous for keeping dead bodies on ice for long periods of time to throw off the police when they tried to establish a time of death on his victims. The discussion quickly devolves into an argument and then into descriptions of what each will do to the other. Each man trying to describe a more violent, more graphic death than his competitor. It all winds up in a strange twist at the end, revealing who these men are and what they’re probably up to.

En Passant is a short movie and it’s worth the mere seven minutes that it lasts. I actually wanted this movie to last longer, to see where these guys were going and why they were doing what they were doing. Are they friends and this banter is friendly? Are they enemies and this talk will soon turn violent and serious? I definitely want to see more! If you’d like to check it out for yourself, head over to the En Passant My Space Page, where you can see either a black and white or a color version of this movie. It’s really worth the time, it’s a nice appetizer to what should be an interesting feature! So, until next time, when I’ll tell you about the people I threaten with horrible violence on a daily basis…but my family usually forgives me…remember that the best movies are bad movies.