THE CAB – A Review by Jenn Rohm
The Cab is a dramatic short film entry at Bentonville Film Festival 2023. It is a new look at the ride with the Ferryman. For this tale, a New York City yellow taxi takes Eva (Hana Chamoun) on her final ride as she looks back on moments of her life that led to this moment. Only she can determine her destination.
Small details such as hearing the winter weather hitting the outside of the cab while going down the street had me feeling the cold environment, she was in. Seeing the moments of others in her life from their perspective, for Eva to gain insight if she allowed herself to be open to doing so reminds the viewer when a person is battling depression they may not see beyond their own pain.
I am finding myself going back and dissecting moments of the film in my head. This is a haunting and beautiful piece. I look forward to meeting others that see it and talk through what our personal stories allow us to see in it. Mental health and suicide do need to have conversations taking place. The Cab provides an opening to start the conversation.
I do need to give a trigger warning; this is a piece that alludes to suicide. If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out. In the U.S. dialing 988 will connect you to assistance and it is available 24/7
Bentonville Film Festival short entry
Director, Writer: Nicole Melillo
Cast: Hana Chamoun
MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
Genres: Short, Drama
Selig Rating: 3 stars
Runtime: 19m 38s
Movie Site: The Cab website
The Selig Rating Scale:
5 Stars – Excellent movie/show, well worth the time and price.
4 Stars – Good movie/show
3 Stars – OK movie/show
2 Stars – Well there was nothing else…
1 Star – Total waste of time.