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Exam (2004)

  Directed by: Michel Nguyen
Written by: Michel Nguyen
Starring: Phaethon Karagiannis, Alistair Michener, Dhruv Pal, Vincent Vuu
Links: Melbourne High School
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Actually quite good" - a review by pearly

Exam is a short film written and directed by nofreelist's own em_fiction, aka Michel Nguyen about a missing exam paper and how it leads to a punch-up. So, of course, straight away, I have to subtract a point from my rating, because he will seethe in his shoes if I do that - so much does he hate it when I arbitrarily subtract points for no good reason.

Exam is structured like a Guy Ritchie film, and when I say that, I'm not trying to compare it to Swept Away (2002), though that would be funny. Clocking in at just eight minutes, one of the most intriguing things about the film is that the outtakes included on the disc total 10 minutes in length, i.e. longer than the film itself. This tells us one of a few possible things: either the actors are all so terrible that there really was a lot of unusable footage, or, more likely, our humble director was so fond of Belle and Sebastian's song Stay Loose, that he put whatever garbage onto the outtakes just so that he'd have enough to include the whole song.

What's distinctive about this short film? Well, it's got a lot of swearing in it. Not surprising, given it's written, directed, and stars high school boys. There is some shaky camera work, and it's in black and white. I also noticed that the background noise in the library was just a ten second or so snippet in an endless loop. Most of this stuff is probably due to limited resources, but it could all be an elaborate ploy to aid the believability of the film - for example, if we see the camera shaking, we feel as though we're actually there. And, that looped noise could be a subtle key to the fact that we're actually coming back to the same moment in time.

Exam is actually not a bad film for a student project. I liked that guy who was standing at the lockers the best (Phaethon Karagiannis). Oh, and Nguyen, I'm sorry for reviewing your movie after having had two glasses of cheap chardonnay.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 21 Jan 2005

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Reader comments

  1. "...if we see the camera shaking, we feel as though we're actually there. And, that looped noise could be a subtle key to the fact that we're actually coming back to the same moment in time."

    Hahahahaha - if only my cheapness could mean that much. And Nic, you
    have no idea how many friggin' Hi-8 tapes I had to go through in
    order to compile those 10 minutes. Merely the tip of the bad acting
    iceberg.

    A comment from nofreelist's own em_fiction on Thu 27 Jan 2005 14:41 #

  2. very good acting

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from respected reviewer on Tue 12 Apr 2005 17:55 #

  3. phaethon is my god..omg he is like so hot in the movie..omg i think he needs to make more...yayyy go phaethon

    Rating given: 9

    A comment from sum dude on Tue 23 Aug 2005 11:06 #

  4. man that guy by the lockers is so ugly...oh shit thats me....

    A comment from phaethon karagiannis on Tue 23 Aug 2005 11:07 #

  5. phaethon you are such a babe i just want to do a digital rectal examination with you all night long will you be my boyfriend? love and kisses, kate (your babe) ps i love you

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from kate fielding on Mon 21 Aug 2006 12:46 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 9.67 (3 ratings)

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