Film is a visual medium, and as such it often revolves around spectacle and special effects, dazzling the viewer with what they see and hear. However there are times when what we don’t see can be the most powerful thing of all. Tofiq Rzayev goes that route in his short Leftovers with powerful results.
Two policemen (Ismail Mermer and Erhan Sancar) are taking an unnamed man (Gökberk Kozan) to a crime scene to identify the body of the victim, his eight year old sister. When they have to stop to let the man vomit they get a call from the station with some additional details. Details that none of them take well and leads to kick in the gut resolution. We never see the victim or crime scene only the three men as they talk. But what they say and their expressions are enough to make an impact, something that’s doubly impressive considering only one of them has any previous credits.
Leftovers runs thirteen minutes and not a second is wasted, this is a prime example of how to make a short film. Hopefully this will get some exposure on the festival circuit because it deserves to be seen.