Gets Good Light: Review. by Heidi Sharpley.
Writer Daniel Sole’s “Gets Good Light” opens with an illegal immigrant, Manny testing his resolve over a bottle of spirits. He is an illegal immigrant working as a chef in New York and two Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are looking for him.
The plot is simple and straightforward even though the subject matter is so complex. For me, the imagery in this short film was a standout. The white well-to-do real-estate agent contemplating the artwork on the wall says, ‘I can’t tell where it begins.’
She’s talking about the circles in the print and I’m thinking about racism. Perhaps a better question would be where does it end?
Andrell, played so well by Edmond Cofie, our Black American protagonist who helps Manny’s family find safety just for the night, has styled the apartment to sell.
He wipes the dusts from the two monochrome photos on the wall which look to me like they represent a gathering at perhaps an equal rights rally, his face reflects in the glass showing us he is part of the persecuted too. Am I reading too much into this?
The acting is without fault. The sound-track is soulful, mournful and moving. Director Alejandra Parody has done a tidy job. It will be interesting to see future works from both Parody and Sole.
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