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Our Time Is Up : A Critique

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The short film 'Our Time Is Up' is an intriguing story of a psychiatrist, Dr. Stern. At first, Dr. Stern does his job with less enthusiasm and he is only interested in appearing professional to his patients.

His patients include a man with an obsession for women, a homosexual, a woman who looks for a soap that washes for other soaps, a man who is afraid of touching a woman's buttocks, a man with a turtle phobia, an abused man by the fiancee, and a man who has a darkness phobia.

Dr. Stern attends to these patients casually until his personal doctor informed him that he only had six weeks to live. After receiving the news, Dr. Stern began to give sound advice to his patients. This changed their behaviors as much as it changed Dr. Stern's short life. Our focus in this essay is to critique the technical and non-technical elements of the film.

Dr. Stern is quite busy and engaged in his work but he never does much to help his patients. This is humorous. The characters used in the short film are well-crafted and developed. Starting with Dr. Stern and his patients, they play their role in a fascinating manner.

To begin with, the theme of the film is properly anchored. This is portrayed by the short life of Dr. Stern after he received the news. He changes his attitude and he makes much out of the six weeks left to live. Actually, he paid more attention to his patients and helped them more than he had done in his entire life. This teaches us that life is indeed short and every opportunity should be used to impact others. Furthermore, the story is ironical.

This makes the film interesting and humorous to watch. Moreover, Dr. Stern's change in attitude after the phone call is symbolic. It shows a shift to a new character. Foreshadowing is also evident in the film. Dr. Stern's death is foreshadowed by the phone call he received from his doctor. This triggers a lot of change in the character of Dr. Stern and his patients as well.

However, the director's tone at the beginning of the film is boring. Also, it is plain. Towards the end when Dr. Stern received the call, the director's tone is upbeat and harsh. Further, the music played at the beginning and throughout the film is simple and unattractive. Repetition has been used in the film to show the carelessness of Dr. Stern. Especially after retrieving the information about his death, he fails to collect his mails and even smokes as he chats with his gardener.

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Dialogue has been used in the film between Dr. Stern and his patients. This is one aspect of the film that brings a lot of enthusiasm. At first, Dr. Stern is calm is professional as he chats with his patients. However, after the shift, his chat with the patients is dramatic and brutally honest. The film is developed on the dialogue.

The chats with different patients are systematically connected. On camera angles, the film utilizes multiple angles. These are meant to show the emotions of the patients when they are confronted with hard truth by Dr. Stern.

On editing, the director selectively connects scenes of patients sharing their problems with Dr. Stern, when being confronted with the truth, and those showing how they were helped. This is very creative. Additionally, the director uses color in the film to show the mood of the characters. However, the color does not change much in the film.

In conclusion, critiquing the article shows that the film was well-crafted and developed. However, some aspects such as color and the director's tone are not very appealing.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Uriel Kushiel

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