Why Watch? In The Ride, a young man is waiting on his friends to go on a road trip when he runs into his ex-girlfriend. They talk, reminisce, and connect in a surprising new way when he offers to take her home.
Timothy Melville‘s short film is nine parts verite chemistry and one part rug-pulling shock. The kind of storytelling that eschews exposition for a sweet mystery of life, slowly letting us into the couple’s world as they reconnect beyond small talk and awkward cadences. Stars Benjamin Rigby and Belinda Misevski both hold attention in an effortless — admittedly Abercrombie & Fitch — way, but it’s really their connection that matters because with lesser actors, the film wouldn’t float nearly as well toward its punchy conclusion.
At this point, it’s pretty clear Melville has a favorite style.
What Will It Cost? About 6 minutes.