In this modern world of dating apps and disposable relationships it is not uncommon to find yourself victim to people playing games. Although this usually manifests itself in ways such as “ghosting” or “playing the field”, the subject matter dealt with here in Charline Odiot’s short film debut “The Temptation Game” is much more dangerous.
Laura and Charlie, played capably by Jessica Graham and Ross Crain respectively, are a young married couple who begin a playful game one morning whereby Charlie must resist Laura’s advances as she plays an actress attempting to seduce him. As fun and sexy as this may seem it soon becomes apparent that Laura’s motivations may not be so playful and her full intent to test her husband’s fidelity becomes clear.
Shot in a very clear and bright location surrounded by the whites and greys of a modern bedroom and apartment we see this whole ordeal play out in such a way that i’m sure many of us can relate to. The descent from us, the audience, seeing Charlie as a lucky guy to us essentially wanting him to shut up and run before digging himself any deeper is quite palpable and although the premise does seem to go a bit far by the final minute it is clear Odiot knows this relationship well and has commtted it to screen quite authentically.
Both leads have good chemistry and the fact that both characters are both almost nude for the entirety of the film is a brave move. I haven’t seen them in anything else before but they both impress here.
This is a short and sweet lesson in the mind games of a modern relationship and ultimately how all this could be avoided if you simply talk rather than test. If you have been in a relationship like this before, if you are in a relationship now or if you are looking to be in a relationship then “The Temptation Game” is well worth a watch.
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