Reflections (2014) – By Kyle Hytonen

Young couple Rachel (Kerry Brown) and Sam (Craig Anthony-Ralston) are just settling into their new home. The boxes haven’t even been unpacked and the nerves are already hitting Rachel, Sam mocks her Mother’s nagging disapproval of the unmarried couple moving in together. Rachel seems to semi-agree. There is another element to Rachel’s unease of moving into this new house, and it is revealed in the film’s second act.

Rachel and Sam discover a room upstairs in the new home, a small bedroom, painted as a nursery. Rachel’s façade of feigned excitement cracks when the couple discover this room. We then discover that the couple has recently lost a baby. This opportunity for the couple to move on to a new chapter in their lives is taken aback with one swift turn of the page. The couple then begin a harrowing and solemn discovery to reflect on how that tragedy affected them and what will happen as they enter this next stage of their lives.

Reflections, shot in a muted almost moody blue-black and white, is a set piece for the 2 leads to shine as actors. The script (written by co-star Brown) has showy moments for both actors to stretch their characters in the film’s 15 minute run-time. Brown and Anthony-Ralston maintain a very solemn atmosphere in the film, but to accentuate the drama within this film they achieve it in a very well rounded way. They establish their characters very quickly, but also achieve in expanding the arc of their characters quite effectively in the film as well. Black and white in low budget films is generally a good way to cover up possible color grading issues, but the monochrome tone works here to allow the actors to bring all the emotion and drama to the screen, lending itself to the stripped down nature of the dialogue heavy film. Both performances anchor the film and are terrific.

Reflections speaks about just that. It is an intimate slice of a couple’s strained relationship and how they not only came to be that way, but also how it can change them for the future. Sometimes the only way to move on is to look back. It is a well shot, well acted and well crafted short by Director/Co-Producer Craig Maclachlan.

Take a moment to view the Trailer for the film here: