First loves and the fragility of memory are the predominant themes of Ben Briand’s 2009 Vimeo treasure; they are shown resplendently and wordlessly through some lusciously shot and scored childhood flashbacks.
That the film’s cinematographer, Adam Arkapaw, would go on to win Emmys a few years later for his work on Top of the Lake and True Detective will come as no surprise to those who watch Apricot – his compositions, along with some smart editing, perfectly evoke the haziness of memory and the nostalgia of a first romance.
Poignant and heartfelt, Apricot feels like a highly personal short from a filmmaker to watch.
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DIRECTOR: Ben Briand
WRITTEN BY: Ben Briand
CAST: Ewen Leslie, Laura Gordon, Alice Zahalka, Joshua Rozzi
SYNOPSIS: What begins as a casual date quickly becomes something more profound as a couple delve together into their almost-forgotten shared history.