Few films talk about friendship. Fewer films talk about the bond of friendship between children. Even fewer films talk about friendship bonds between girls. There is this idea that women can never be friends – a cliche. This cliche is quite deep set in films. So deep that as soon as as the words ‘two girls’ crops up in a story, the audience is ready – no, wanting – the story to be about feminine competition. Therefore, when Sing tells a story of the deep bond of friendship and empathy comes up, we stand up and take notice.
That’s not the only reason that Sing impressed us. The short film tackles several issues in its under 30 duration. We are surprised there are so few films doing that – whether it’s mainstream or streaming.
Sing begins as the story of a young girl who joins a new school. The nervous girl quickly becomes friends with her colleagues. The sweet school story changes when the group of girls are selected for a choir practice. What should be a simple, uncomplicated competition turns into something sinister and well, complicated.
The short film has already won accolades. It won the 2017 Oscar in the Short Film Category. One viewing of the film and we know why. It is indeed rare for a short film to do so much with so little.
What’s WOW: We maintain that foreign film makers are wizard at making cause based films – a bitter pill of truth wrapped in the sugar coating of entertainment, a intriguing story and heartwarming performances. The taut screenplay and natural performances propel this SING upwards and onwards.
Sing succeeds because it takes out such great performances with the younger actors. Since The director has a limited amount of screen time to bring to the fore a unique, innocent friendship, and she succeeds unequivocally.
The film-maker has exquisitely tackled the subject of how competition can snuff of ambition. This is not a ‘everyone’s happy’ kind of film that doesn’t give the antagonist a reason for their actions. We liked the way Sing handles things like equality, discrimination at even a young age in a light, breezy manner.
What’s Blah: We couldn’t find anything negative in SING.
Parting Shot: Sing is a film for the times.
Directed by : Kristóf Deák
Produced by: Kristóf Deák, Anna Udvardy
Starring: Dorka Gáspárfalvi, Dorottya Hais, Zsófia Szamosi