The Back of Her Head


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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1 member found this review helpful Created 8 months ago.

This short moves well. The actor playing the protagonist does well to maintain an understated charisma. The man yearns without becoming stalkerish. And there is nice, continual interplay and development between the residents. Love And Peace.

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Created almost 2 years 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 almost 3 years ago.

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

Created 5 months ago.

Fabulous. Fun and unexpected. Strange ending.

Created 6 months ago.

A man is killed. No explanation or consequence. Ill conceived.

Created 8 months ago.

The most unexpected things happen in this short movie. Strong impact. Kudos!!! Excellent job!

Created 10 months ago.


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Created over 1 year ago.

wonderful. love it.

Created over 1 year ago.

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

Created about 2 years ago.

sucked, too slow

Created over 2 years ago.

Fun short film!

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Created over 2 years ago.

A nerd's view.

Top reviewer
Created almost 3 years ago.

Made me feel young again. Well done.

Created almost 3 years ago.

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

Created about 3 years ago.

the back of her head is RIDICULOUS!

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