GAP

Synopsis

Vera’s turning thirty and struggling on all fronts. After her dentist tells her the bad news that her gap is widening she wants to fill the void with a baby. Her millennial friend suggests a simple solution — Tinder. She uses the ultimate test to choose between men, make them watch Godard’s ‘Contempt’.

Review

4/5
A brilliant comedy that explores aging and motherhood.
Directed by Monica Pokorna, based on an original short screenplay by Pokorna and Jerry Trieus, ‘GAP’ follows Vera Novak (Monica Pokorna) – a woman on the brink of turning 30. The narrative (and title) tells the story of the parallel gaps in her life; the space between her two-front-teeth and her desire to have a child. The comedy brilliantly explores aging, motherhood and relationships.

The 14-minute short co-stars Ryan Trieus as Vera’s close confident Jerry. Vera, with no romantic intentions, sets out to find a man (through dating app Tinder) – with the simple goal to find a baby daddy. The film’s strength is story originality and situational comedy. Monica Pokorna’s performance as tragic Vera appears effortless and highly engaging throughout. Vera’s dates; Rick (Maurizio Vitale), Alan (Dominik Jedryas) and Peter (David Lake) deliver captivating moments which helps to maintain entertainment. Vera’s unseen mother provides additional comic relief – albeit at Vera’s expense.

GAP Short Film
Visually the short rewards viewers with quality cinematography by Marco Van Oel and equally professional sound and music. Monica Pokorna’s debut direction may appear narratively experimental but it’s core themes and subject matter are solid – showcasing the pivotal turning point in late-20s womanhood. We highly recommend this short film.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Monica Pokorna
Writer(s): Jerry Trieus, Monica Pokorna
Cast: David Lake, Dominik Jedryas, Maurizio Vitale, Monica Pokorna, Ryan Trieus
Producer(s): Jerry Trieus, Monica Pokorna
Director of Photography: Marco Van Oel
Editor(s): Ralf Stadler
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Specifications

Genre: Comedy
Subjects: Aging, Loneliness, Motherhood, Relationships
Country: Germany
Language: English
Year: 2021
Published in March 2022

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Monica Pokorna
Writer(s): Jerry Trieus, Monica Pokorna
Cast: David Lake, Dominik Jedryas, Maurizio Vitale, Monica Pokorna, Ryan Trieus
Producer(s): Jerry Trieus, Monica Pokorna
Director of Photography: Marco Van Oel
Editor(s): Ralf Stadler
Animation:
Sound:
Music:
Miscellaneous:

Specifcations

Genre: Comedy
Subjects: Aging, Loneliness, Motherhood, Relationships
Country: Germany
Language: English
Year: 2021
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GAP

Synopsis

Vera’s turning thirty and struggling on all fronts. After her dentist tells her the bad news that her gap is widening she wants to fill the void with a baby. Her millennial friend suggests a simple solution — Tinder. She uses the ultimate test to choose between men, make them watch Godard’s ‘Contempt’.

Review

A brilliant comedy that explores aging and motherhood.

4/5
Directed by Monica Pokorna, based on an original short screenplay by Pokorna and Jerry Trieus, ‘GAP’ follows Vera Novak (Monica Pokorna) – a woman on the brink of turning 30. The narrative (and title) tells the story of the parallel gaps in her life; the space between her two-front-teeth and her desire to have a child. The comedy brilliantly explores aging, motherhood and relationships.

The 14-minute short co-stars Ryan Trieus as Vera’s close confident Jerry. Vera, with no romantic intentions, sets out to find a man (through dating app Tinder) – with the simple goal to find a baby daddy. The film’s strength is story originality and situational comedy. Monica Pokorna’s performance as tragic Vera appears effortless and highly engaging throughout. Vera’s dates; Rick (Maurizio Vitale), Alan (Dominik Jedryas) and Peter (David Lake) deliver captivating moments which helps to maintain entertainment. Vera’s unseen mother provides additional comic relief – albeit at Vera’s expense.

GAP Short Film
Visually the short rewards viewers with quality cinematography by Marco Van Oel and equally professional sound and music. Monica Pokorna’s debut direction may appear narratively experimental but it’s core themes and subject matter are solid – showcasing the pivotal turning point in late-20s womanhood. We highly recommend this short film.

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