THREE BLADES/ TROIS MACHETTAS: REVIEW

★★★★★

Directed by: Matthieu MAUNIER-ROSSI

Starring: Davidson Dupuy, Jordany Cothias, Norbert Alix

Short Film Review by: #StefaniaMihailescu

Haiti, nowadays. One day in the life of a family of three: three men, alone with their dreams and frustrations. Three generations under the burning sun.

As a boy grows up, there will be many people who influence him and his development into adulthood. The father is and should be, his most important role model. The children needs him a lot. One can see in the little boy’s eyes that is utterly convinced that his father is without a doubt the ultimate man in the world.

The changing relationship between father and son is constantly changing as the years progress. When the boy begins to develop into a young man, both of them face challenges that mean working a little bit harder to maintain the bond. The boys are trying to become individuals and to learn how to ‘be their own man.’ In this part of their lives, teen boys often reject their father’s values and we all know that when a will or goal is denied or blocked the frustrations increases.

The short starts with a day like every other day… And between them, everywhere, in every hand, there are blades: machettas. They wear them for work, self defence or getting some foods from nature.

As children, we quickly learned to spot the signs. And when the father reacts to every suggestion, every insinuation that he drinks too much, with anger, denial and yet more drinking, the child learns how seductive is the mindset that this is just an addiction.

When he is sober, the dad, the main character, works every day, until he gives up and ends up in a bar.

Life is full of frustrations. From the minor irritations of losing something or someone to the major problem of continued failure towards a desired goal.

So when the night eventually comes… the machettas suddenly become the ally.

Often when people are stressed they feel more frustrated and emotionally reactive to events that otherwise would not affect them as severely.