Review by Mark Schwab
May 22nd, 2017
A formally loving family gets caught in a maelstrom of hate when their son's homosexuality asserts itself in director Maxime Beauchamp's unusual and powerfully interpretative short film IRIDESCENCE. When young little Logan is given a beautiful locket by his mother, his father flies into a rage over the "effeminate" gift and tears their relationship to shreds. As Logan matures, falls in love with another man and expresses it, the stage is set for a final showdown between father and son.
IRIDESCENCE is an absolutely perfect example of taking a time-worn plot (homophobic dad hates gay son) and giving it breathtaking new life. This is done in a number of ways, the first being that all dialogue was eliminated. Impressively, I didn't need it and certainly didn't miss it because Beauchamp uses the art of dance (sumptuously choreographed by Danielle Gardner) to move the plot. This is one of the few films I've seen where this was the perfect choice and not a gimmick to avoid weak acting or to make it "arty". All of the performers here give superbly sensuous and physical performances, using their bodies to clearly express their emotions and desires while tangling with mirrors, webs, tattoo guns and each other. This allows for the film to avoid the usual soap opera melodramatic cliches that can come with this territory. IRIDESCENCE never comes off as preachy - it takes the raw emotion from all sides and literally puts it into an arena to play out. And play out it does...quite beautifully.
Using excellent production design, a carefully crafted music score and skilled editing, IRIDESCENCE is a gripping artistic treatise about tolerance and family that you will be thinking about for quite awhile afterwards. It is beginning to play the festival circuit now and I highly recommend seeing it if you get the chance.