YELLOW TIN CAN TELEPHONE – A Review By Nick Askam

Yellow Tin Can Telephone

 

In a time when I have now decided to turn off all the notifications on my phone, this short film perfectly encapsulates my feelings towards distractions to find what is important. I think this film was a perfect way to start off DFW South Asian Film festival because its message is about accepting others that may be in the minority. It also showed this message in a way that made you care about the characters and understand the deeper meaning. I will say that I wasn’t expecting to like this short film as much as I did.

This film stars Asimah Mirza as a girl who lives in silence because she has sensitive ears. Opposite of her is Shikhar Misra as a guy who has synesthesia and lives in black and white. They’re both people who experience the world in different ways and in one by chance moment are connected. Before this moment, the story was told mostly with stop motion and animation. It was an interesting way to tell the story that I think worked.

After the moment, the story is told more formally. It does work in a way that it fully embraces the idea that they come together and then they’re more like us then it appears at the beginning of the film. The chemistry between Mirza and Misra is phenomenal. The way that they connect using a phone so they can communicate was something special. I haven’t seen anything like that in a long time.

Overall, I think this was a great short and a great way to lead off DFW SAFF. I think you should check it out if you get the chance. It should be a movie that puts a smile on your face and will not be too serious.

 

Grade: A-