Dante: A Replication

Dante: A Replication

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

In spite of our current circumstances, creativity is persisting. Case in point: Diego Andaluz's brief, nightmarish Dante. Just another reminder to take out your iPhone and start making something, kids. What's your excuse? You can view it in its entirety here.

In under three minutes you're treated to a dizzying little time loop, moving in and out of a single location that seems to be breeching time and space like Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves or the time travel paradoxes of Looper and Primer. The camerawork from 1:26 - 1:38 is especially effective in illustrating the concept considering it was shot on an iPhone and edited at home without the benefit of special effects.

To be honest, I wouldn't have minded watching Dante circle in and out of the house a few more times and for things to get more complicated. Perhaps this is a premise Andaluz will repeat or refine later. Either way, Dante is definitely the beginning of something. Imagine if it hadn't been made during quarantine and with a bigger budget.

(Since I know the filmmaker personally I have refrained from giving it a starred rating of my own- however, make sure to leave yours! You can also find my review of this on my site by clicking here.)