The new short film “Back to Solitude” is a must-see. Actually, it’s a must-see several times before you fully realize the genius of the film’s concept. (Unless you fancy yourself a Kubrick and totally get the abstract right off the bat.) This sweet, clever look at the construction and deconstruction of a relationship seems as if it could have come as some sort of dream in the night to the filmmaker. Once you see how beautifully shot, written, and acted this little “film-that-could” is, you’ll want to share it. (By the way, does anyone else think the lead actress has a slight resemblance to a young Alyssa Milano?)
One of the things that struck me most about this film is the backwards nature of our relationships from time to time in our lives. How many of us have jumped into a romantic relationship feet first, without truly knowing the other person? I confess that I may have even said the special “three little words” once to someone I probably didn’t know ten concrete things about. Something about the whimsy, the ridiculousness, the energy of the unknown can make us fall in love with love, instead of who the person really is. It’s such a backwards way of falling in love, yet people even marry or have children on these sorts of whims all the time. Imagine how differently our favorite romantic movies would be in reverse…what if Julia Robert’s character in “Pretty Woman” began as the wife of a successful businessman, only to become a prostitute in the end? What if Giselle from “Enchanted” started in love in New York with the jaded divorce lawyer and later ended up in Andulasia marrying her prince? Hearing our beloved love stories in reverse really makes me stop and think of how often I have skipped over the valuable stuff of life to get to “the good part”. Bottom line? There is something to be learned from each phase of our relationships, and whether we throw caution to the wind or do things the traditional route, it can end happily either way.
Hilary Kennedy is a contributing author for YouPlusDallas focusing primarily on Style, Arts and Entertainment, and Dating and Relationships. Hilary also stars in many videos for YouPlusDallas and has her own show, The Hilary Kennedy Show.