Inspired by a text, Clément Oberto delivers his newest thought provoking short with Unacceptable Behaviour. Unacceptable Behaviour delves into the balance between childhood and adulthood, the broken promises of youth as well as the loss of innocence and freedom brought on by age and responsibility.
As is becoming trend with Oberto, Unacceptable Behaviour opposes beautiful and immense backdrops with John Tajada’s scores. This team have worked together many times and the balance is nigh on perfect. Yet Unacceptable Behaviour’s beauty and grace truly comes from the combination of star Destiny Nolen and voiceover Georgia Foroce whose beautiful voice oozes childhood dreams and makes the words written by Destiny come to life. I’m hoping I get to see more of Destiny Nolen in the future, whose only feature film so far is The Silk Road as I think she has a uniquely beautiful and resonant feel to her performance.
I’m a lover for short film. 4 minutes is all you need to make an impact, and Oberto certainly makes you think. My only reservation is that I needed a second, or even third viewing to get some of the symbolism which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I wished Unacceptable Behaviour could have made more of an impact first time round. I still remain confused by the nude scenes with a bear’s head, and the meaning of the horns, but I think maybe I’ll just have to watch it a few more times to find out. I love the message of the film, and I love the detail in the script (lookout for a change in pronoun *wink wink*) As someone who wishes many his adult responsibilities didn’t exist the idea of communicating with my childhood self is a wonderful thought and I love the way it was portrayed in Unacceptable Behaviour.
Unacceptable Behaviour is worth a definite look and can be found below
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