Le tempestaire ★★★★

A bad omen sets a seaside girl on edge in this evocative, unshakeable short. It plays like Sjöström’s The Wind compressed into 22 minutes, although our anxiety stems from Epstein’s deeply affective camerawork instead of from Gish’s ever-increasing panic. The film uses shock cuts and images of the uneasy ocean in a manner that is liable to inspire literal sea sickness. The ever-churning rumble of the sea (not even a ballad can mute it) ensures that it won’t be forgotten.