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From A To Q – Short Film Review

22-year-old Alex wakes suddenly from a dream where she’s intimate with Kayla. Only problem is Kayla happens to be Alex’s best friend and Alex has never been with a girl before.

From A to Q is wonderful, showing something that a lot of people go through. Feelings and emotions are annoying, and when they get mixed up in your head, not knowing what the other person thinks, life can start to feel tough. Emmalie El Fadli who wrote and directed the film really knows how to keep us guessing, confusing the character’s thoughts as well as our own. Questioning your sexuality is such a difficult thing to go through, so when your best friend is involved, it opens up something that can be tricky to navigate.

We have these moments of slow motion, showing us Alex’s love for Kayla. It’s like we’re in a film (I know we’re in a film, but you know what I mean haha), away from real life and everything is perfect and sparkly. At one moment, Taylor Swift’s Lover plays as the dream couple dances around the school hall. Of course, it’s bright pink and purple, but also hazy and delicate (another one for the Taylor fans there, ay). This short shows love in an incredible way, merging reality and fantasy, letting us get lost in the love as Alex does. Everything is simple, yet we then see the devil on a shoulder and really get to experience what Alex is going through in a way that I really enjoyed. 

Like I said before, it’s realistic in these emotions outpouring from our brain into the reality that we live in, and it can be hard to contain them. From A to Q is a rollercoaster with ups and downs, but one I’d want to ride again.

From Q To A was part of the Women X Film Festival – find out more

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