The Door (2006) – By James L. Neibaur

 Artist and filmmaker Bruce Wood is best known for his avant-garde short films that have been presented at venues from London to Paris, and can be found in the collections of the Carnegie Institute Museum of At, The Royal Film Archive of Belgium, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It would stand to reason that his first attempt at a narrative feature would be filled with surreal imagery.

"The Door" is about Kent, a realist who does not believe in dreams, and has a condescending skepticism towards those who tend to romanticize. After a long relationship ends, Kent finds himself in the company of three dreamers whom his mentor, Ori, warns him are a different breed.
Within the context of this story, Wood attempts to explore the dreamlike element of filmmaking that usually attracts artists. Crosscutting between scenes, lingering camera shots, gay themes disguised as subtexts, and abrupt changes from dreams to reality are all a part of this film’s artistic structure. And within this context, Wood challenges cinematic conventions, especially with his narrative, and the real beauty of "The Door" is how it becomes so deliciously absorbing without being immediately revealing or relying on visceral gratification.

This writer has not had the pleasure of seeing any of Wood’s avant garde short films, which is unfortunate as it would be fascinating to make comparisons even if only to see how his initial ideas culminated with this feature. While careful in not revealing too much until the viewer is drawn into its supernatural mystery, what "The Door" does immediately accomplishis an interest in any future projects involving Bruce Wood.

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