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26 February 2014 @ 11:27 pm
Film Review: The Voorman Problem  
The Voorman Problem, a short film based on an excerpt from David Mitchell's Number9Dream, directed by Mark Gill and starring Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander has been nominated for an Oscar! It's also now available for purchase through iTunes.


Psychiatrist Dr. Williams (Freeman) has been summoned to a prison to evaluate Voorman (Hollander) who claims to be a god. He also has most of the prison believing it as well which has the prison's governor uneasy, hence the evaluation. If Voorman is found clinically insane, he can be sent elsewhere.

The short film clocks in at around 10 minutes so I'm not going to spoil all the good fun by elaborating on the plot. The acting all around was very good. Martin Freeman who specializes in playing the everyman does it here as well but is never boring. His Dr. Williams is perfectly rendered as an achingly average person, someone who lacks any imagination and practically sweats mild condescension as he speaks to Voorman. Just in Freeman's delivery and facial expressions, you know Williams is someone who never thinks outside of the box and stalwartly believes only what he sees. He's an interesting foil or possibly victim for someone like Voorman who meets condescension with condescension and presents as someone who is patiently bored. I enjoyed Hollander's paced, quiet way of talking, choosing to let the lunacy of Voorman's lines speak for themselves rather than mar them with an over the top performance.

Williams and Voorman have two interviews which take up most of the film and I really loved the interplay between the characters and the balance of authority. It's an interesting thing, the illusion of power one feels they have because they hold a certain profession. If anything, The Voorman Problem does a nice job of skewering this concept and bringing home the idea that we are all ultimately human and ultimately vulnerable.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Bilboaelfgyfu_mead on February 28th, 2014 03:00 am (UTC)
I discovered too late that it was playing in a local film festival of shorts; I'll have to go to iTunes!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on February 28th, 2014 03:09 am (UTC)
It's playing near me as well but nothing beats watching it at home in my PJs. Or maybe that's just me.