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Have Cheetah,Will View #41 – “Depersonalization” (2017)

It’s 1:34 pm

The cheetah and I recently got sent another short film called “Depersonalization”. We have had the good fortune of viewing many strong short films and we settled in for another….


I guess the first thing to do is read what exactly Depersonalization is. It still won’t help you understand this film in the slightest.
Written,directed and film by Austin Daniel Clodfelter, feels extremely underwritten and it fails to give the only actor,Lec Zorn,who plays Jack,any real time to establish what is ailing him.
This is a film that needed two things to make it work,another 5-6 minutes and a far better score. In short films,a strong musical score can act as dialogue and as a narrative.
Here,it does nothing of the sort and with a very little script for Zorn to work with,it just grinds “Depersonalization” to a halt. We are left with a man reading self-written notes to himself (like in “Momento”) but never understanding why.
One bright thing is Clodfelter’s cinematography,its the only thing that helps advance the story albeit in a small way. Blending colors and distorting scenes as Jack walks does give the viewer the notion something is wrong here. But again,the lack of time,script and score override this one bright spot.
Zorn does the best he can with what he has to work with. I think Austin has the genesis of a good idea and the actor to pull it off in Zorn. He just needs to back to the drawing board.


This one gets a paws/thumbs down.


11 thoughts on “Have Cheetah,Will View #41 – “Depersonalization” (2017)

  1. I actually found this quite powerful. It really captured a kind of fragmentation of experience that mental illness can bring. I haven’t experienced it myself, but my father’s Alzheimer’s has introduced me to another world and I could relate to this movie from that.

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  2. I had to rewatch the movie after reading your link that actually explains depersonalisation, After knowing what I was looking at, it all seemed clearer. I have seen friends having PTSD related panic attacks, they have similar coping mechanisms

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  3. I love the idea of this film. He almost sounds like he’s stuck between worlds or time. I commend anyone who creates a short film because they’re much harder to createa than a feature length film.

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  4. short films are good when the message passed across is gotten with good ease, but like its clear in here, it lacked i and a whole lot more and as such you can only be real and honest as to alot of things in it through.

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  5. I can quite understand Jack feeling like he is real and unreal – but I don’t understand why he couldn’t go to the doctor. The note reading seems like it didn’t actually keep him sane most times.

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