Written and directed by Grzegorz Cisiecki, Smoke is a 2008 Polish made short film budgeted somewhere around twenty three hundred U.S. dollars. Described as: "The story of the person who became the captive of surrealistic madness," Smoke has a short synopsis, but with that comes a film that runs at just a hair above 7 minutes. However, quite a bit happens in that 7 minutes, but none of it forms to serve any real purpose toward a proper narrative. Even if it almost appears that the film progresses as if it could be unfolding to something, it plays out more like a dream (or a nightmare), more than anything.
What the description also promises is surrealistic madness, which is only added to by avoiding a specific plot. In fact, even without anything to grasp onto narratively, Cisiecki comes at his film with what is an artistic eye that's focused enough to captivate the viewer. The film is, quite frankly, very impressive technically and looks nothing short of professionally done. From the Dawid Rymar Cinematography and the solid score by Rashid Brocca and Aleksandr Poroch, to the nice color pallet that holds throughout the equally attractive art design, Smoke is visually eye enticing.
Essentially, the film is a collage of beautiful imagery, which depending on your taste may or may not be a good thing. Despite being a bit too ambiguous, I enjoyed the short for how it was crafted, and I think that even without a traditional story there is some semblance of meaning there to grab onto. It's all right there in the film's title, Smoke, which is something that cannot be grasped and has no specific path in where it flows, which would be the case with this short film.
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