It's Nothing (United States, 55 min 40 sec)
Directed by: Eamonn Larsen
Written by: Eamonn Larsen
Cast: Sarai Davila; William Maxwell; Bryson Stewart; Stacy Wilk
A man is in love with a woman who's gay.
Review:The audience of the film, “It’s Nothing” by director Eamonn Larsen, is thrust into the midst of the lives of Harper (played by Stacy Wilk) and Cooper (played by Bryson Stewart), whose contrasting personalities make their dynamic relationship a likeable one. Cooper’s reserved and calm persona greatly compliments Harper’s fiery and passionate personality, which creates the basis for their attraction to each other. The two are able to bring out the best in each other.
Secondary characters in the film strategically ground the story and set the pace for the plot through concise dialogue. Cooper’s roommate (played by William Maxwell) encourages Cooper to act on his feelings for Harper while also pushing him to act outside of his comfort zone. The secondary characters allow the lead characters to say what is going on in their mind. Through their concise dialogue, Larsen manages to show the audience the characters’ relationships to each other.
Because the music in the film is saved for more dramatic moments, the sudden intense change in atmosphere is felt tenfold by the audience. Experimental electronic music makes for a fresh, modern take on moments of intense anxiety in the film. On the other hand, scenes without any background music emphasize the mundane atmosphere where the characters are perceived as ordinary. We see the situation for what it is more than the characters do. Larsen considers this juxtaposition cleverly in tension buildups.
The wide range of camera close- ups and angles allow the tone of the film to time to move slower or faster. Towards the second half of the movie, the amount of close up shots increases, which allows time to go by slower when reality sets in for the characters. The lack of lighting adds more mystery and drama to the tone of the film. Using the night as a backdrop for a sudden change in the character’s lives show Cooper’s exasperation at the ambiguity of the events that unfold between him and Harper.
“It’s Nothing” ultimately makes for a beautifully crafted approach to the intricacy of self-identity and the delicate layers between platonic and romantic relationships in the modern world. Larsen directs a film that explores the transience of relationships in life, and the people that come and go.