18min | Short, Drama, Romance
A turbulent year in the life of a 15-year-old American high schooler, viewed through the lenses of his iPhone.
At first Pocket annoyed me. The film is played out from the view of a teenager’s iPhone, so we see what the camera sees, what the screen shows, etc. In doing this we see a lot of vapid teen nonsense and porn, and there are lots of cultural touchpoints – from Captain Marvel through to a reference to the subreddit of deepfriedmemes. This aspect of the film didn’t do much for me, but it did lead to material which was much more universal, while also staying within the world of the phone.
It is this material that works best because it gave me something I could relate to, and the technology only made some differences, but not core differences. The tension of the ‘seen’ message, the thrill of the glimpse of skin, the fear of the irl contact – all of it is recognizable and connects, even if I didn’t own a smart phone until I was in my late 30’s. The film does run too long though, and spends too long constructing its delivery route (I didn’t need quite so much “general” stuff in there, nor some subplots that seem unnecessary) but at its best it is well done due to how relatable it is.
Directors: Mishka Kornai, Zach Wechter
Writers: Mishka Kornai (story), Jack Seidman (story)
Stars: Mace Coronel, Gwen Van Dam, Mark Casamento
Country: Canada | USA