Dir. Jeremiah Kipp
Director Jeremiah Kipp follows up his stark and unsettling brood-fest Contact – a Cronenbergian meditation on addiction and paranoia – with a similarly provocative short focusing on a young woman’s suicide bid and the myriad instances and thoughts that have led to it.
Unfolding as a series of disarming and striking images, Crestfallen is tentative in its observation of shattered dreams and submerges us deep within her trauma. While not strictly a ‘horror’ short, Kipp (who also worked as an assistant director on I Sell The Dead) still conveys the utter horror of a young woman’s life collapsing around her and the drastic measures she takes when she feels she has nothing left to live for. Through flashbacks we witness her discovery of her lover’s infidelity, catch glimpses of her childhood and see a little girl who could be her younger self or her daughter; the first in a series of visual shards that injects hope into proceedings.
Kipp deftly weaves the fragmented images together to form a narrative, and while he guides us through a devastatingly dark place, he at least shows us the glimmer of light ahead before leaving us, ensuring we end on a note enrobed with hope. Despite its brevity, Crestfallen packs a weighty punch and highlights Kipp as a filmmaker who wields the precision to cut straight to the heart of his subject matter in visually astounding ways that enhance the resonance of his work.