Film Review: MARIA FERNANDA IN TIME (2017)

Played at the January 2017 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film Festival

MARIA FERNANDA IN TIME, 9min, Spain, Sci-Fi/Comedy
Directed by Xavier Pijuan

An overprotective mother produces an accident with terrible consequences in the space-time continuum in the scientific laboratory where his son works.

Review by Kierston Drier

A mixture of slapstick, bawdy, comic timing and recapitulation humor make MARIA FERNANDA IN TIME a hilariously enjoyable piece. Coming to us from Xavier Pijuan, this film explores the classic comic relationship between a loving but overbearing mother and her struggling-for-independence adult son. This classic comic duo is overlaid with the sci-fi twist of time travel, when our hero tells his mother not to touch the time-loop machine, and of course, she does.

Playing off the comedy found in the technology generation-gap lends itself well to this type of tale, as our hero realizes the only way to save himself, his colleagues and the world, is to get his mother to fix whatever she has done to mess up the machine. Thus our plot is complicated by both escalating tension and steaks, and our characters’ being doomed to repeat all the misfortunes of the last few moments.

What delightful about this piece, is that it’s plot is complication, but its’ humor is effectively simple. You love every character, despite their conflicts, you root for everyone regardless of their tragic flaws. You understand each character’s motives, and the humor is palpable, strong and engaging. A wonderful, short, brilliant piece of comedy that goes out with bang.

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