Review by Richard brunton in Filmstalker


Film Three Stars
I never used to enjoy short films, and it was quite recently that I started watching them. I was surprised at how much they had to offer over features, and how satisfying they could be. However it always seemed the case that the short was just the right length for the story, or it would often be too long. What I found with Magic Kisa is something different. The short film leaves you wanting more from the story, and it's one case where I really could see the short being made into a feature, should the director and the producers find the money to make it.
Plot.pngMagicKisa.jpgMagic Kisa is a short film about two brothers who were also con artists in their younger days. During their last con one got caught and after a lengthy sentence, where he refused to give the other up, returns to see his brother and face him for the years he's lost. However his brother has other plans, and suggests one last con to make it all even, a con that gets deeper and deeper the further the recently released brother gets into it. It seems he may be the one being conned once again.

TheFilm.pngThe short opens up with some nicely edited short moments to give some background to the story and the brothers. It's a nicely set-up opening that gives you some reflection after you know the story, and like much of the short, raises more questions in your mind about these characters and their history.
From these early scenes, and the ones leading up to the bridge incident, you can see that there's a strong sense of style in the cinematography and of film-making.

The night time section on the bridge is an interesting one that not only shows the strong filming techniques, but also brings in some rather quirky twists to the story with the two religious characters and their unusual methods.
The acting is good from Christophe Laubion, and again helps elevate the short to something more akin to a feature, and the characters are interesting and engaging, as is the story itself. A clever story that has a few nice twists to it, although it does feel somewhat constrained by the short time it's on screen.
There's certainly a lot more mileage in the story and looking back it is quite surprising how effectively the story was told in the short time frame, and how well you are drawn into the story. Another aspect that's actually a positive for not exploring everything is that it leaves a lot more to the imagination, and so you could draw your own conclusions for some of the relationship between the brothers.
There are some clever turns to the story, the way the brothers communicate, and the way, with hindsight, you could see that perhaps miscommunication led the story to its final conclusion, or perhaps not.

Overall.pngMagic Kisa has a strong story to it and has good performances and a promising sense of style to it.
It delivers a nice conclusion which also makes you think back to the rest of the film, re-evaluating a few previous moments, and that's always a sign of a good film, as well as the fact that it leaves you wanting more from the story.
I enjoyed the short, and it certainly shows that there's scope for something bigger from the film-makers behind it.

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