This Short Film is Like a Patchwork Hallucination

This Is Not a Time to Lie Short Film


Why Watch? There’s a lot going on in this short film from Lei Lei. Maybe too much. Not satisfied to use a singular rectangular space, the artist instead creates what looks like a Trapper Keeper explosion of different configurations and patterns. This Is Not a Time To Lie requires a wandering eye or multiple viewings.

Among the shapes that create transforming landscapes is a large-eyed hero who finds a sailboat and heads out on a trippy adventure. It’s surreal, yes, but there’s a structure at work both visually and in its poetic storytelling. There’s also an antique feel to the textures which Lei Lei uses — crafting a backdrop that resembles torn book pages and a foreground marked (and marred) by synthesized water marks and shadows.

What Will It Cost? About 3 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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