Director: Antonio Oreña-Barlin
Joel has convinced a long time family friend to give his girlfriend a job as a florist. Everything seems fine when he picks his girlfriend up after her first day, but the calm facade of suburbia can be misleading.
It is very easy to start the movie with something and then taking it to a completely different territory, many directors do that – but it takes a really skillful director to actually make sense of that transition. Antonio also does something similar here, starting with a closeup of flowers, showing how beautiful life can be, the divinity of existence and then takes his short film down through the gutters of violence.
People, for one reason or the other, perform acts of violence and then try to put a reason behind it but its the innocent people like many of us who suffer from personal traumas for years because of it. Suburbia, a 12 minute continuous short film, takes the story of one such experience and puts it forward in a helpless and haunting way.