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Nerdlocker Film Review: In The Shadow

The story line of this film really interested me. You need to watch the entire story from beginning to end, even more than once, to see all that it has to offer. The first time I watched this film, I felt like it was above my head. It really seemed like there was something more lying below the surface. So I was really inspired to get in on the story.

Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 4.54.00 PMJeorge Sermini plays the role of Diego Cadena, a healer, who I didn’t quite “get” at first, due to the secrecy that enveloped his character. He wants it that way, of course. It’s interesting the way you learn so much and so little at times. To me, Diego was written so that you almost see two characters in one, as he seems to battle with his own demons. You see a man who’s devoted to his community, and a man who’s also a bit self-saving at any risk. The balance quivers back and forth as he tries to hurry Hilary, played by Michelle Keffer, along in her endeavors.

Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 4.53.34 PMAt first, there seems to be more to Hilary’s story, and slowly it’s revealed what her current life holds in store. As she continues through the movie it becomes apparent that the vision of what her life is verses what truly exists are vastly different. While she goes through her steps of coping we see how her work has become her life. She confides in Diego during a “low”, that she also has her own demons, in a manner of speaking.

Diego continues his day to day activities, though he takes on helping Hilary with equipment and story searching, and attempts to keep his own story out of the spot light. Eventually, there’s a slip, and Hilary desires to sink her teeth into his set of qualities. Unfortunately, Diego comes to his turning point, where it’s either his life or his sanity.

Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 4.53.48 PMI haven’t had much of a chance to review independent films, so I was more than glad to pick up this project. I didn’t realize how much this film would show me about the movie industry, but it reveals how much work these crews go through. One of my favorite things about this movie was how well they were able to show everything naturally, rather than amping up the saturation in the culture and people. I feel that they were able to depict, in an appropriate and respectable way, what the people of Puerto Rico and its surrounding area see out their windows. It helped me really invest in the story.

Elmer, Sermini, and the crew were able to let us into the lifestyle of Puerto Rico without over saturating the culture or scenes. The moments where Diego’s weakness manifests itself are unique and something I haven’t seen in the bulk of the independent films I’ve watched. I liked that a lot.

There’s a lot to this story that I’ve got to hold in, because I really believe the mystery of Diego’s healing abilties and how it affects him and those around him creates a set up that you’d need to watch everything. To give away part of the story would lead to more and more of the story, in which case I couldn’t justify the quality of the story tellers and crew themselves.

When I finished this film, I wasn’t ready for it to be done. Nicole Elmer directed me to their behind the scenes link, so that I could learn more of what it was like, and where they got their inspiration.

If you’d like to learn more, check out their video.

Director; Nicole Elmer

Writers; Nicole ElmerJorge Sermini & Jason Tremblay

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