Infatuation

Synopsis

A male artist indulges in his love of the female form. That love is tainted when the female subjects make a choice to admire their own beauty.

Review

4/5
A beautifully crafted short that explores race, body image and female empowerment.
Written and directed by Nace DeSanders, ‘Infatuation’ is an artistic experimental short film that explores a mans adoration towards the female body. Rickard Claeson leads the cast as the man with Kia Rush and Alexis Brown as his subjects. The film explores themes of sexuality, body image, race and female empowerment. DeSanders has created a beautifully crafted short that offers both seductive and disturbing viewing.

The 4-minute film opens with the man (Rickard Cleason), dressed only in white underwear, surrounded by white disembodied manikins. His desire and curiosity is strong. The short continues when two black women enter the frame (Kia Rush and Alexis Brown). He is in control of their bodies; tying them up and painting them in white paint. The mysterious narrative concludes with the women in conversation with each other (albeit unheard and through subtitles); “You are beautiful”, “You too”. The closing shot shows them tied up at the back of the room with white bags over their heads.

Infactuation
Rickard Cleason delivers a remarkable performance as the man. His ability to showcase the disturbing characteristics, without dialogue, is praiseworthy. Cinematography, music and production design are of a high standard aiding the experimental narrative brilliantly. Nace DeSanders and her cast/crew have created an engaging short that delves deep into race and female empowerment. A finely crafted film that deserves attention.

Cast/Crew

Director(s): Nace DeSanders
Writer(s): Nace DeSanders
Cast: Alexis Brown, Kia Rush, Rickard Claeson
Producer(s): JoiAshanti Watkis, Nace DeSanders
Director of Photography: Catalina Rodriguez
Editor(s): Kailee Andrews
Animation:
Sound:
Music: Gary A. Williamson
Miscellaneous: Carolyn Minx

Specifications

Genre: Experimental, Mystery
Subjects: Art, Body Image, Creativity, Culture, Diversity, Ethnicity, Female Empowerment, Identity, Murder, Psychopath, Race, Racism, Sexuality, Society
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2020
Published in April 2022

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Cast/Crew

Director(s): Nace DeSanders
Writer(s): Nace DeSanders
Cast: Alexis Brown, Kia Rush, Rickard Claeson
Producer(s): JoiAshanti Watkis, Nace DeSanders
Director of Photography: Catalina Rodriguez
Editor(s): Kailee Andrews
Animation:
Sound:
Music: Gary A. Williamson
Miscellaneous: Carolyn Minx

Specifcations

Genre: Experimental, Mystery
Subjects: Art, Body Image, Creativity, Culture, Diversity, Ethnicity, Female Empowerment, Identity, Murder, Psychopath, Race, Racism, Sexuality, Society
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2020
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Infatuation

Synopsis

A male artist indulges in his love of the female form. That love is tainted when the female subjects make a choice to admire their own beauty.

Review

A beautifully crafted short that explores race, body image and female empowerment.

4/5
Written and directed by Nace DeSanders, ‘Infatuation’ is an artistic experimental short film that explores a mans adoration towards the female body. Rickard Claeson leads the cast as the man with Kia Rush and Alexis Brown as his subjects. The film explores themes of sexuality, body image, race and female empowerment. DeSanders has created a beautifully crafted short that offers both seductive and disturbing viewing.

The 4-minute film opens with the man (Rickard Cleason), dressed only in white underwear, surrounded by white disembodied manikins. His desire and curiosity is strong. The short continues when two black women enter the frame (Kia Rush and Alexis Brown). He is in control of their bodies; tying them up and painting them in white paint. The mysterious narrative concludes with the women in conversation with each other (albeit unheard and through subtitles); “You are beautiful”, “You too”. The closing shot shows them tied up at the back of the room with white bags over their heads.

Infactuation
Rickard Cleason delivers a remarkable performance as the man. His ability to showcase the disturbing characteristics, without dialogue, is praiseworthy. Cinematography, music and production design are of a high standard aiding the experimental narrative brilliantly. Nace DeSanders and her cast/crew have created an engaging short that delves deep into race and female empowerment. A finely crafted film that deserves attention.

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