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The Back of Her Head

(2007)

directed by Josh Safdie, 21 minutes

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Josh Safdie made this assured comedy in and around his apartment building when he was still a film student at Boston University. The dioramic setup plays like a vertical REAR WINDOW: a shy daydreamer (played by Safdie) lives above an older Hindi man who lives above a reckless Brit who lives above a girl stuck in a bad relationship. The boy two floors up can only see the back of the girl’s head but that’s enough for a crush to develop. Safdie makes the most out of the single location, deploying dynamic camera angles, wry slapstick and even a couple of crane shots for a whimsical picture of city living.

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Created 29 days ago.

wonderful. love it.

Created 6 months ago.

Could be a pilot for a series. Lots of fun and suspense. A large audience could be able to associate with this.

Created 9 months ago.

This little gem of a film turns an insignificant situation into an funny but absorbing story with its clever vertical setup, precise pacing and low-budget but lucid cinematography. Josh Safdie could probably make the line at the DMV interesting.

Created 11 months ago.

sucked, too slow

Created about 1 year ago.

Fun short film!

Created over 1 year ago.

A nerd's view.

Created over 1 year ago.

Made me feel young again. Well done.

Created over 1 year ago.

A bitter sweet reflection on apartment life in the big city..Mildly amusing.

Created almost 2 years ago.

my GF couldn't understand what they were saying. I thought it was ok.

Created almost 2 years ago.

the back of her head is RIDICULOUS!