Why Watch? Let’s say you tell your friend that if you ever love a Michael Bay movie, he should just go ahead and kill you. Then, 10 years later, you rave about Bay’s latest (a heartfelt remake of My Fair Lady), and your pal shows up on your doorstep with a gun. He’d only be doing his duty, right?
Even more complicated, in a world where time travel exists, what authority do you have to make decisions that will affect your future self?
This excellent short film from director Bo Mirosseni and writer Elisha Yaffe (presented by Partizan Films) toys with the more mundane uses of the profoundly powerful tool, proving that it’ll be the personal things (and probably not assassination attempts on Hitler) that will do the most damage. Time Travel Lover is a hilarious — often dispiriting — exercise in having a plan laid out before you that you never asked to see. In it, a young man (Yaffe) and woman (Stephanie Hunt) are about to make it past third base when a disheveled version of the young man appears to warn him of the heartbreak he’s inviting. Naturally, things aren’t that simple, and the room fills up rather quickly. Somehow, Bruce Willis never pops up with gold bricks taped to his back.
More than anything else, this short film lives on the clever shoulders of Yaffe’s script and the chemistry he shares with Hunt. They both own each moment (large and small), and give the premise the exact right amount of incredulity to maintain the fantastic and acceptance to let the absurdity roll on. Plus, it’s a strong example of doing something that seems big on a smaller budget — letting the epic nature of time travel aid what amounts, truly, to a story of two people talking in one room.
Best of all, Time Travel Lover shows us what drunk dialing is going to look like in the future.
What Will It Cost? About 10 minutes.