Drama/Romance/Poetry, 4 min 48 sec
Log line: A lyrical short film exploring the complexity of new love.
“We had the summer promise of a bonfire”
Bonfire is a short film about two older women finding the courage to face their feelings for each other, directed by filmmaker duo Kris and Lindy Boustedt, and starring Karie Gonia and Debra Pralle. Based on a poem by Andrea Capere, the film is an achingly beautiful snapshot of new love, poetry, and wonder.
Even on my second time watching this, I still really enjoyed this absolutely gorgeous film. One of the things I like is that the story unfolds in a non-linear way, with quick shots of the two teachers stealing a private moment mixed in with various shots of the main action—the dance that they are chaperoning. But what really stole the show was the scorching, undeniable chemistry between the two leads. They could barely keep their eyes off each other! The wistful looks and gay yearning was strong in this one. It just goes to show that you can find new love at any age.
Bonfire certainly set a fire in my heart! The only thing I wish was different would be that the characters had some dialogue between them, so as to give us a better sense of their story. But the spoken lyrics did the job just fine, so I can’t complain too much. If you liked films such as Together Forever, The Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and The Postie, then you gotta watch Bonfire—it will steal your heart in under 5 minutes.
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