The Strange Ones, also known as Deux inconnus, is a 2011 short film directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein. True to its title – the film is quite strange. It starts like a road movie and as the story develops transforms into suspense. Or, better said, it might transform into suspense if you let the stereo-typical soundtrack lead you in that direction. There are but three characters in the film – a man and a boy who travel to an unknown destination and a young woman who they encounter in a motel swimming pool.
There is not much more than that, though there are some subtle hints that there might be more than meets the eye. I expected more development of the storyline – a bit of controversy or a surprising ending at least – of the kind that often transforms what would be an ordinary short film into a masterpiece. Yet, none of my expectations were met. Instead, a weak opening began thirteen minutes of weak character development, stilted acting and boredom.
I find it hard to believe that this movie won several awards in festivals for independent cinema and am curious to know what the juries found in such merit in it. I do not usually write negative reviews but, in this case, you wouldn’t be missing much if you skip The Strange Ones altogether.
If you have seen the film – and have a different take on it , don’t hesitate to let me know.