Yellow (2012) – By Josh Samford

Some short films try to deliver very quick stories that seem like brief summaries of something larger, and then others try to be very genuine and honest depictions of real life. Yellow is certainly more of the latter than the former. A folksy tale of former love attempting to spring up once again, Yellow is a sentimental and touching tale that tries to give an artistic spin on the romance genre. Directed by Kris Roselli, the filmmaker behind Flesh Eaters: A Love Story, before sitting down to watch the film I had a vague inkling of what I was in store for. This is a filmmaker with obvious talents and is capable of carrying a visually accomplished project, but seeing him handle something so sentimental is almost more intriguing. It’s mileage will vary with many viewers, but for my own tastes, I enjoyed it immensely.

Our film begins by introducing the audience to its protagonist, a young man who is living the part of a starving artist. We meet him on a special day, as he heads to the beach in order to meet up with the former love of his life. He still has very definite feelings for her, and as we see over the course of this short, desperately wants to be with her. As the day moves along, we wonder if these two will actually ever be together again.

Yellow establishes itself early on with a very professional artistic sensibility. Although it isn’t shot with a tremendous amount of style, the short is certainly very polished looking. Even more impressive is the use of music throughout. The acoustic melodies and songs give the movie a very quaint and down-to-earth tone that perfectly encapsulates this short. As soon as the movie starts, and this atmosphere hits the audience, it becomes apparent that this is going to be a very reflective picture, and Yellow most certainly lives up to those expectations.

Some of the acting can be a bit on the stilted side, but it isn’t terribly distracting. I could be wrong, but there appears to be little improvisation in the dialogue, which is a sign of a sure director – but at the same time some of the lines come off as a bit forced. Still, the actors do have their own sense of charisma that they bring to their roles. Their likable and natural charms, when combined with the sentimentalist music and natural lighting, gives the short a very warm atmosphere. Ultimately, Yellow is a very short and fleeting glance into a single love affair, and despite any inadequacies that the project may have, it feels real. These characters do come to life during the short, and it’s easy to invest yourself in their situations. This is the strength of the film and those who made it. While not perfect, there is heart involved in the creation of this short and it can easily be felt, making it important and reflective of something truly artistic. Overall, Yellow comes with an earnest recommendation. It has its faults, but if the opportunity arises, give it a look!