Review: “Leftovers” Hits Hard In Its 12 Minutes



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Posted January 13, 2017 by

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Let’s get one thing straight right now: I love short films. I love short films, short stories, short songs; anything that can encapsulate strong feelings and emotion in such tight parameters. It’s interesting to me to watch artists almost box themselves in with these restrictions and find a way to still tell a powerful story. Tofiq Rzayev’s “Leftovers” is only twelve minutes in length but it packs in gut-wrenching drama and does so in such a subdued manner I didn’t even realize what I was really watching until the end credits started to roll, which prompted me to watch it again.

We are given three characters: Policeman #1 (Erhan Sancar), Policeman #2 (İsmail Mermer), and a gentleman known only as the Individual (Gökberk Kozan). As the officers’ Passat is making it’s way up the Turkish mountains, delivering the three men to a brutal crime scene, the Individual sits in the back realizing what truth he’s about to come face-to-face with. The image in his head of what the crime scene will look like, and the family member he already knows he has lost, is too much for him to bear.

Brilliant acting from all three men in this movie. Each one not only selling the dialogue but selling the emotion they feel with every passing second. Gökberk Kozan makes you feel the pain his character is going through while Erhan Sancar and İsmail Mermer play the roles of guys trying to console a stranger when both characters know there’s no making the situation even slightly bearable for him. The direction from Tofiq Rzayev is equally as captivating as he forces the viewer to sit through this traumatic time, hanging on every word as a light rainfall serves as the soundtrack to a terrible situation. I really felt like I was with these men, on that mountain, dreading what we were all on our way to see.

The last line of the film is probably the most gruesome detail of all and it’s one that will stay with you as it helps paint the entire picture of what happened. We never see the crime scene, or the body, but we don’t have to when the description of what happened is terrifying enough. Sometimes it’s what you don’t see that can strike fear into your heart.

Twelve minutes is all it took for this film to sink its teeth into my memory. I won’t soon forget what I saw: both an impressive short film and a dramatic and horrific situation that unfolds.




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