Torching The Dusties: Final Girls Berlin Review

Torching The Dusties: Final Girls Berlin Review

Torching the Dusties is a short film written and directed by Marlene Goldman and Phillip McKee, based on the short story of the same name written by Margaret Atwood. Frank (Eric Peterson) and Wilma (Clare Coulter) live in a retirement home called Ambrosia Manor.

Frank has been told that he’s losing his eyesight and can expect to see things that aren’t really there, although he is told that he will know what is real and what isn’t.

Then one day Wilma tells Frank that there are protestors outside wearing masks of happy, chubby babies and they are protesting about the retirement home – or more precisely the residents of Ambrosia Manor and it’s simply because they are old. Over the next few days, Wilma and Frank hear of the increasing protests and the traction that is being gained on what could affect their lives so they decide to do something about it, even if it means leaving Ambrosia Manor for good.



In recent years, there have been many political and economic issues that have divided people all over the world. There have been rising house prices, unemployment figures have fluctuated and a divide has even risen (perhaps more now than ever) about the rights of immigrants and what effect they have on the countries they live in which is not their birthplace.

There’s also an argument about who’s to blame for the state the world is in right now and who should be held responsible.

The world is ever changing and with change comes progress and for those with the talent and determination then they make the world work for them, but for others they see a hopeless situation that is increasingly getting out of their control and an unfortunate side effect of this is that they want to find people to blame.

It seems that on the one hand there are the older generation who are seen as racist and intolerant, but on the other hand there is the younger generation who see the older people as the cause for their problems because they have not been properly prepared for the world.

Their parents grew up in a different time and are perhaps not properly equipped to advise based on their own experiences, coupling that with the way the world seems to be going and there seems to be only one logical explanation. Blame the old people.

Torching the Dusties is simply done, beautifully shot and highlights what seems to be a not too far-fetched future where if we don’t all calm down and listen to each other, then one day something may happen that we can’t take back and pretend that it didn’t happen.


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