CLEAN BREAK, 5min, UK, Comedy
Directed by Tim Butcher
It’s about time Ben and Elle split. If only they could agree who’s breaking up with who.
Seen at the July 2016 COMEDY. FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.
Movie Review by Kierston Drier
A comedy about people who break up for all the right reasons. The aptly named Clean Break, written and directed by Tim Butcher, is about the couple from hell finally ending it- and coming clean with all the things they hate about each other.
Simply shot, effectively stitched together, perhaps the most charming this about this piece is simply the realness of the characters. They are the people we all want to be when we are fighting and know we are right (even if we aren’t), they are the people that say the things we’d like to say when we know we should hold our tongue. They are coarse, rude, jerks. And every minute is wonderfully laughable. It is like watching your Ex from hell, date your friends’ Ex from hell, and those Ex’s are trying to break up with each other.
If you have ever dated a narcissist, an egotist, a pathological liar, a manic, a crazy-person, or a cold hearted monster from the black lagoon, you’ll find something to enjoy in this anti-romantic romp down break-up alley. Clean Break is a mini romantic comedy, where the guy doesn’t get the girl (and that’s probably for the best.)
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