The BRWC Review: Lady In The Park

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Lady in the Park follows a couple as their marriage falls apart in the midst of booze and money troubles.

I don’t usually need an excuse to binge-watch comedy, but if you need one, try Lady in the Park. It will leave you feeling miserable and robbed of a precious 12 minutes of your life.

Lady in the Park is set in the 1960s, portraying a family who are failing to make ends meet. This could be a recipe for heartbreaking drama, but this director is no Ken Loach. The characters are one-dimensional and utterly unlikeable. The exchanges are wooden and lack rhythm. It is a long ten minutes before anything truly dramatic happens, yet it prompts little in the way of empathy as it is gratuitous and makes little sense.

It is very unclear what message is contained in this short film. Steer clear from watery-eyed men who are bad at running sandwich shops? Men who sit in their Y-fronts, on the floor of their neat middle-class houses, swigging vodka from the bottle. Don’t file for divorce lest you be stabbed in broad daylight?

The carefully chosen sets look like carefully chosen sets. They are clean and stage-like, lacking the elements that should make them feel lived-in. The sets are as vibrant as the characters, which is to say not. The best thing about this film is its poster.

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