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Behave (2002)

  Directed by: Bart Borghesi
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Genre: Short

This movie gets: 4.00 (4 ratings) Ranking: Ranked equal 172nd of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

"What?" - a review by em_fiction

If this were a school project I would've been very impressed. The film starts well, and for a less than five minute film, the camerawork and editing was done with a degree of professionalism. The story behind it however is strangely bizarre, not in a good way.

Being a Something For Kate fan, I sensed a familiarity with the atmospheric music (which turned out to be by Paul Dempsey). Yeah, the music was one of the film's plus sides. On the other hand however, nearing towards the end, it gets very weird. And it wasn't the good weird, it was the "what the f...?" weird. It could've been good if it had a decent story. It was like a joke that has no punch-line (actually it did, but it was really bad). I'll give it 3 for the good filmmaking and an extra 1 for the A Clockwork Orange (1971) poster.

em_fiction gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 18 Dec 2003

"Short, but somehow tedious" - a review by mino

The short film, like the short story, is a difficult artform to get just right. In both cases, sometimes more craftsmanship is required to pull off the short form well than to do a full-length effort, just because you have less to work with. A great short film must be witty, clever, perfectly constructed, and not waste a second of screen time. You have to grab someone, and keep them there.

Often, too, short films like Behave are a real labour of love. Struggling filmmakers pour all their life into their first short film, lovingly tweaking every detail, devoting huge chunks of their souls into it, hoping to hit it big with a groundbreakingly clever short.

Bart Borghesi, I'm just sorry that you've wasted so much of your life.

mino gives this movie 2 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 18 Dec 2003

"Short" - a review by andy-j

For me, short films are very hit-and-miss. This one was rather "miss" I'm afraid. I know that it's meant to be weird, but I just don't find "weird" particularly enjoyable in a short film. Maybe I just missed the point completely.

The music was written by Paul Dempsey, but from what I recall of it, it was just noise fading in and out. For a short film, the special effects were quite special.

andy-j gives this movie 4 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 31 Jul 2002

"Music video guy tries the short film thing" - a review by pearly

Behave was shown as part of the 2002 Melbourne Film Festival. Directed by Bart Borghesi (who is most well-known in music video circles, having directed film clips for Something for Kate and Magic Dirt, among others), it is about 4 minutes in length.

Behave is quite a cute (if somewhat odd) short film. It features original music by Paul Dempsey (again, of Something for Kate fame). It's great to see cheezels make an appearance in a film.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 30 Jul 2002

Movie review statistics

Number of reviews: 4
Average rating: 4.00
Lowest rating: 2 (by mino)
Highest rating: 6 (by pearly)
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Reader comments

  1. laughed lots. strange that some people require 'punch lines'. it started funny and ended funny. it is also funny that so many of the above comments so closely mirror letters written to tarkovsky before he became 'popular'. i liked behave a'lot.

    Rating given: 8

    A comment from kafka on Sun 01 Aug 2004 10:56 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 8.00 (1 rating)

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