I have always loved and adored slapstick.
Done well, and with a suitable every-gathering momentum in place,it can be a real joy to watch; not to mention a laughfest par excellence that builds in intensity to the point where your sides ache, bits of food go flying out of your mouth – FYI don’t watch this gem while eating OK? – and you feel like a million endorphin-laced bucks by the end.
What is so delightful about Voltige, by third year Motion Picture in Arles (France) student Léo Brunel, is that it accomplished a huge amount of funny in a very compact period of time.
And it doesn’t peak once in its gleefully short running time.
This is a perfectly-written, adroitly-judged, short film that doesn’t use dialogue or music but is a blissfully hilarious sliver of cinema that uses this year’s theme of “garage” to brilliant effect.