SFotD: ‘In the Pines’ is a Stunning Study in Close-Up Encounters

Why Watch? Convinced she’s made contact with aliens, a young woman buries herself in obsession and the beauty of her own planet’s landscape.

This short film from Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell is a floating meditation punctuated by aggressive, porcelain close-up shots that use intimacy to tell a story and craft character connections. It’s the kind of movie that sets up residence in your mind and refuses to leave, but even if the slow drift isn’t up to your speed, it’s difficult to deny the startling wonder of the images they’ve managed to capture or the way the editing has placed them pristinely side by side.

What will it cost you? Only 8 minutes.

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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