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Midlands Spotlight - Capricious by Jordan Handford

By midlandsmovies, Sep 7 2016 08:11PM

Filmmaker Jordan Handford has been playing around with the idea of Capricious for a while as he has never been enitrely happy with it writes Midlands Movies writer Kira Comerford. But now finished, she catches up with this new Leicester short film premiered last month at The Shortish Cinema...

Capricious is about a family whose relationship is tested following a car crash in which a mother is injured. The connection between them changes as the father blames his son Sean (Andrew Joshi). But Sean chooses to deal with things in his own way, refusing to work and even talk which adds further strain to his parents, particularly his father, Alan (Eric Wharton).

Alan demands that Sean is brought along to the family business the following morning (Valentines Day) by his friend, Martin (played by Ed Spence). Encouraging Sean to break free from his reclusive life and become more active, this is at odds with Sean's mental state which is tested further when he and Martin arrive at a shop to discover a robbery has taken place. With no witnesses to hand, Sean and Martin are in no position to take matters into their own hands, are they?

The idea for Capricious stemmed from Jordan's viewing of Death Sentence. He had always found a great love for revenge films as he, like everyone, loves to see the good guys win. However, when it came to creating his own homage to the revenge films he had seen, the filmmaker wanted to make a project with a slight difference.

Capricious is the first film Handford has completed as both the writer and director, however he is keen to emphasise that the project was very much a team effort. The limited time and virtually non-existent budget has meant that Handford couldn't be more grateful for the time, effort and commitment the whole cast and crew have put in since work got underway. After having recently been showcased as part of The Short Cinema in Leicester, the team are hoping for a decent festival run while also working on a few other things that will get them back on set in a few months’ time.

And now for my short review of the short…

Capricious (2016) Dir. Jordan Handford

I have to say I quite enjoyed Capricious. The dark tone of the film was what I absolutely loved about it. Director Handford has said that he wanted a revenge film with a slight difference, and that is exactly what he presented to us. It was refreshing (although I don't imagine that is the phrase that first springs to mind) to see a film such as this where revenge is never really achieved by anyone.

There were a few really solid performances in the film, however Andrew Joshi was the standout. Despite saying little or nothing throughout the film, it is his performance that sticks in my mind a few days after watching the short.

Joshi provided quite a symbolic presence, and allowed the audience to come up with their own interpretations of what had happened, and what was about to happen. They say that less is more – something that was certainly the case with Joshi’s performance.

The ‘less is more’ approach is the angle that much of the film took. I found it to be quite minimalist, which is something that I rather enjoy seeing in all films. There was a a lot that was never said out loud, nor spelt out for the audience, but instead the film allowed the audience to come up with their own conclusions.

All in all, I was quietly impressed by Capricious. The minimalist approach taken by every aspect of the film saw the simple things done well, and the dark tone made the film oddly satisfying to watch. For me, however, the key thing was how many questions I was left with afterwards. Much like is the case with some of my favourite thrillers, there are so many things that were left open-ended with Capricious that I have kind of been left wanting more.

Kira Comerford

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