Sports Day: Final Girls Berlin Review – A pink-tinged room, wandering hands, and a sensual rite of passage, Sports Day is not what you might have imagined.
Chinese screenwriter/director/editor Lin Tu’s intriguing short film takes us into the mind of a young woman, Bai (Jingling Li), who had other plans for the day.
Escaping the obligatory school sports day and booking a room (one that looks like someone has just walked out of), Zhao (Xiaojun Gong) surprises Bai and hopes that they’re about to spend a couple of intimate hours there together.
She however, is not prepared, nor ready for what he had in mind. While Zhao is out, Bai makes all sorts of discoveries about the room and then herself. The most important being, is she alone or not? The imagination is a powerful tool and Bai’s acts out what she thinks is about to happen, exploring both the physical world and her own inner-self at the same time.
Lin Tu has created a really clever way of showing the mix of trepidation and longing in a young woman who almost knows what she wants, but also wants to believe that it won’t happen until she’s ready.
In just under 11 minutes, she has done a fantastic job of leaving the viewer both mystified and enlightened. Creating an evocative experience that I’m still contemplating hours later.
SPORTS DAY has deservedly spent the past year in the official selections of multiple film festivals worldwide.
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