Visually intriguing, but also somewhat disturbing, the filmmakers behind the short film “Sea Child” clearly had a specific vision in mind when they undertook this extremely artistic project. From the opening frame, you are drawn into a world of vivid visuals, brought to life by a type of animation I have never seen before. This is both a strength and a weakness at times, but overall adds a solid element to this short, and certainly contributes to overall delivery of the film. The independent film market is all too saturated with mundane projects shot on low grade camera’s, and the visuals of Sea Child alone are enough to make it stand out. Mix that with an interesting story and somewhat controversial visuals, and you have a truly unique film.
The plot, though a tad ambiguous, follows a young girl growing up in a large city, where she spends her time at diner with what we can assume is her grandmother. Strange men frequent the establishment and speak about how the young girl looks “just like her mother.” After a journey down a a busy street one afternoon, the girl encounters her mother in a strip-club, shocked by the imagery of men fawning over her, she returns home in a somewhat morbid state of mind.
I am often weary of films that claim to be “artistic”, as that is often used as an excuse to prop up weak writing or bad actors. I was, however, pleasantly surprised to find that Sea Child had neither. Though I did find myself with a slight headache at times as a result of the almost psychedelic visuals, I understand that the filmmakers used this as part of a delivery mechanism, and clearly put their heart and soul into the film.