Streamline (2014) – By Kirsten Walsh

When you dream, do you dream in color? Max does. In fact, it seems as though he dreams in HD! In Dan Marcus’ latest short film, “Streamline”, a man is haunted by his traumatic memories, and must confront his past while eluding mysterious pursuers. The difference between dreams and memories are explored, and the viewer is left questioning not only what their conscious mind believes, but also their subconscious. Max, played by Joel Reitsma,  leads the viewer through his conflicting memories and his interpretation or remembrances, bringing up the point that a person can alter their memory to only remember what they want to, not the whole story.

But with a seemingly “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” twist, we see that Max’s dreams/ memories are part of something bigger, something a bit more programmed, but something to make Max a better person. Or at least have some resolution in his life.

    The production of the film is beautiful. The story is a bit non-linear, throwing the viewer into the film confused, with most of the confusion being answered by the time the film’s quick ten minutes are up. The cinematography is clear and distinct, with the editing matching alongside of that. One of the main issues I had with the film was the lack of difference between reality and memory. While there were subtle differences in the overall color tone, it wasn’t enough to really remark a difference in the two. The acting was overall decent, but lacked the finesse that would have matched the cinematography. Dr. Gettler, played by Cheryl Graeff, was definitely an excellent character (and actress) as she guides Max through his memories, and then the audience through the process. Aside from her, the other lead characters seem somewhat over the top (the character of the father) or somewhat played down (Max).

Ultimately, this film is definitely a beautiful take on the theory of exploring memories and dreams, and has the production value to match the idea.

Would I watch this film again? Yes! With its pacing, it is a film that takes a few watches to catch all of the subtle directions that are given.

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