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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Decades Apart: Worth Keeping Close

I thought I'd resume reviewing one of the hidden little treasures of Amazon Prime Video: literally little, as short to very short, time-travel movies.

Decades Apart is a little under 20-minutes.  The 2018 short tells the story a phone call made by Diane in 1953 that unintentionally reaches Nathan in 2018.  A tender, charming, understandably awkward conversation ensues, and that's the movie.  Well, there's a little more.  When Diane runs out of coins to feed the telephone in the train station that has long been abandoned in 2018, Nathan rushes to what's left of the station to see her.  I won't tell you how that works out.

The strength of the movie is that tender, even touching, conversation, and the two cellos (by 2Cellos) that provide musical accompaniment.   Deborah Hahn is fine as Diane, and Martin Tylicki as Nathan. The telephone as an extra-sensory, even extra-dimensional instrument is something that goes back to the beginning of the 20th-century, and figured in music and postcards.  That was the part of Decades Apart that I liked best.

But there are let's call them temporal clunkers in the dialogue.  Diane protests that she's not a "telemarketer".  That term didn't come into common use until the 1970s.   The two talk about "landlines".  That term didn't come until use until the 1980s and later, when mobile phones began to become massively popular.

But I still found this little movie worth watching.  Kudos to director Andrew Di Pardo, and writers Andrew Di Pardo and Gilbert T. Laberge.  I look forward to seeing more of their work.


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