Review by Mark Schwab
An official selection at the 2015 HollyShorts Film Festival, SIMILITUDE tells a dream-like story of two women who pass each other randomly on a city street who end up sharing an intimate experience within the confines of an alternate reality. There is very little dialogue in the 7-minute short, with Director Tim Guzman opting for vast desert landscapes where his two leading women play out a fantasy of passion mixed with regret.
The good points in SIMILITUDE are the locations (the desert looks gorgeous and a broken down shack is well-used visually) and lead actress (and Co-Writer) Helenna Santos. Santos is radiant in the film, projecting longing and discovery without words. I also enjoyed seeing actual photographs used as key props - it lends a wonderful texture to the production design.
For me, the weaknesses were the score (it's fine at the start, but then stays in a loop and works against the later, and more intense, visuals) and the too-close vibe of Terrence Malick. For me, Guzman strayed a little too close to copying Malick instead of being inspired by him. Nevertheless, SIMILITUDE is a nice short and certainly worth checking out for yourself.