Sum of the Parts
 
 
Studio: Dulci
 
Review Count: 33
Average Rating: 4.85 stars
Genre: Romance
Length: 1 minutes 34 seconds
 
Posted on: July 24, 2007
 
 
Film Description
A short commentary on aging, told with images and music. What do YOU see when you look in the mirror? Intentionally includes no subtitles or voiceovers.
 
Featured Reviews
- akinis

Three things are inevitable. Death, Taxes, And Dulci using the movies in ways that most of us can't. In this short film, a moment of time is captured that lasts beyond its short running time. I think that the fact the film is so short amplifies its motif of how short life truely is and how fast it goes by. One of my first movies ever seen was black widow, and i've been hooked on dulci ever since.

Posted on July 26, 2007
- Tarison

Methinks Dulci's pulling one over the lot of us. At first I thought "Egads, what on earth made her choose this music." -- Mysterious Tombs indeed! When you hear a tune that wouldn't go astray with Indiana Jones exploring the ancient relics of a lost civilization, you have to wonder if perhaps that's another poignant point of this wonderful filmmakers. Even when all seems lost to the ravages of age, and you cast your eye back to yesteryear, somewhere, somehow, there's an archaeologist interested in how you are *now*.

I think there's something in that for all of us... Don't you?

Posted on July 26, 2007
- db4321

One and a half minutes of thought-provokingness (I know there's no such word) of the kind only Dulci can accomplish.

Ageing is one thing in life that none of us can avoid. Well, unless we invest thousands in such things as liposuction or plastic surgery, and even then we're only putting off the inevitable.

Some people age better than others. Certain people even get better with age. And some poor people sag or go wrinkly in all the wrong places. But does it really matter? No, because if you're happy and contented deep down then surely that's more important than the fact that you're not quite as good looking as you were twenty or thirty years ago.

Then again, it's probably easy for an ugly bloke like me to say something like that. Women, I expect, would feel very differently. That probably sounds horrendously patronising but it's not meant to.

Perhaps, as we get older, good looks are replaced by experience and wisdom. That's my excuse, anyway.

Anyway, I enjoyed this movie. I wouldn't call it a classic but it's certainly very good for what it is - a thought provoking commentary on the ageing process.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- NUKESTER

A highly thought provoking piece that captures your mind on TMO for a minute and a half, but stayed in my mind for far longer. It is a true unique skill to be able to channel thoughts and feelings across in such a short amount of time and I must commend you again on sharing your ability and talent with this interesting short flick.

Nuke Well in the Sum of the Parts!

Posted on July 24, 2007
 
Reviews
- heuser7719

Really nice one :), but is it only for womens?
haha I know people from the other gender and they are (sometimes) more worse with it.
1-2 hours in the bathroom etc. sometimes shorter or longer... :-)

Posted on August 22, 2007
- jameseva

A short, with no dialogue, I�??ll admit that I was intrigued to see how you�??d pull this one off.
It�??s so surprising how you can make a few images reflect the heartbreak I�??m sure we all feel from time to time when we look in the mirror, There�??s no doubting that time is a cruel mistress.

Posted on August 3, 2007
- RavensFan_09

Makes you go "hmmmmm..." Interesting music choice. I want to make one of those reviews with big, fancy words, but alas my vocabulary is rather monosyllablic. Congragulations! Another thought-provoking film from Dulci. (Have you noticed almost all the first page of reviewers used 'thought-provoking'? How thought-provoking...)

Posted on August 2, 2007
- superllama51

Wow, this is really good.

How did you do those opening credits?

with the Serenity Now Production...

That is awesome!

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Posted on July 30, 2007
- docontheweb

Ah aging...the one uncurable 'disease' that everyone of us must face. Its a fact of life that just seems to creep up on us when we least expect it and hit us like a blunt instrument over the head. We are aren't what we looked like ten years ago, and it can get to us. We would all love to be ageless and look like super models. I know I would.

But one thing that age brings to us is wisdom. To me that is something that is much more important than looks. It doesn't take more than money, superficiality, and a nice draw from the ol' genetic lottery to look good. But wisdom is something you can only gain through maturity and life experience.

Unfortunately it seems intelligence and wisdom take a back seat to beauty these days. I suppose it always has. Perhaps it just seems like more so now because of all the pressures from the media and magazines to stay young and look good. I would be lying if I didn't say that I am pressured by these things...the key is I guess not to let it consume who you are.

Anyways Im rambling. Another amazing thought provoking film from one of my favorite movie makers!

-Doc

Posted on July 28, 2007
- Ranedthel

I am disappointed. This "film" to me is only an intro. This is an opening to a story not THE story. How is it she got there? Where is she going? What is she going to do? Is the resolve to stare at an old photo forever and yield to years lost or to rise up and overcome even the greatest of all challengers... time. The shots and angles are spot on. The music fits and the edits are fine but... Who is this woman? Where is her strength and/or lack of it on display? Sorry Dulci, no insult intended, but I'm going to go watch Black Widow again.

Posted on July 27, 2007
- JosephKw

I actually think the choice of music was perfect for this piece; the lack of dialogue, subtitles, and pretty much everything (good prop use of the photo though) required something to convey mood, atmosphere, and the overall intent of the filmmaker. The solemn, mysterious (couldn't resist saying that word), and ominous tune immediately let the viewer know there was something amiss going on. Yet, ironically, this is the norm for all of us. We each think the status quo is the norm, while in fact there is no such thing. Each day we awaken as a different person--it just takes some of us awhile to realize it. Thanks for waking us up.

Posted on July 27, 2007
- ubernewbie

I get it. Imagery good; put into words; bad. You get what i mean.

Posted on July 27, 2007
- Mildheadwound

Looked good to me! ;p

Posted on July 26, 2007
- akinis

Three things are inevitable. Death, Taxes, And Dulci using the movies in ways that most of us can't. In this short film, a moment of time is captured that lasts beyond its short running time. I think that the fact the film is so short amplifies its motif of how short life truely is and how fast it goes by. One of my first movies ever seen was black widow, and i've been hooked on dulci ever since.

Posted on July 26, 2007
- geo1992

good job!

Posted on July 26, 2007
- OlliEntertainment

Nice short movie..

Film on!!

Posted on July 26, 2007
- Tarison

Methinks Dulci's pulling one over the lot of us. At first I thought "Egads, what on earth made her choose this music." -- Mysterious Tombs indeed! When you hear a tune that wouldn't go astray with Indiana Jones exploring the ancient relics of a lost civilization, you have to wonder if perhaps that's another poignant point of this wonderful filmmakers. Even when all seems lost to the ravages of age, and you cast your eye back to yesteryear, somewhere, somehow, there's an archaeologist interested in how you are *now*.

I think there's something in that for all of us... Don't you?

Posted on July 26, 2007
- Eagle_93

Another great movie, dulci.

The music was good and the movie was great also without VO's and subtitles. The free camera was simple, but perfect!

Eagle_93.

Posted on July 26, 2007
- ArtEscape

First of all I agree with your other rater,db4321. I can so so so relate to this movie. I remember when I was attractive all the way till I was 37 believe it or not. Now Im 43, and my body is slowly falling apart! After having four children its no wonder, and stress can break you down as well.But what's most important is who you are on the inside! Very good movie, film on! Thanks for sharing, now let me share with you!Please come visit my studio, Art Escape is made by Jade kinkade. Thank you.

Posted on July 26, 2007
- pegleg

I feel slightly bad in that I'm offering 4 stars for what is a well put together little movie. To me though it's like a segment or an extract from a bigger picture. Consequently it feels a little incomplete. I know this is a short piece but I was crying out for a youthful flashback when Minnie picked up the picture. Minimal and effective I just felt slightly short changed.

I think I recognise the lead role btw. How much are you paying her? The name is a play on my regional dialect (Mini Skirt) btw.

Posted on July 25, 2007
- Mericc

I've always loved how much subtext Dulci tends to get into her movies, and it seems that the shorter the movie, the more she is able to fit in. While the movie's theme is fairly basic, it was done well enough and at 1 minute and 34 seconds, one can hardly complain. Standard Dulci quality, though a bit too short to go a full ***** for me.

Posted on July 25, 2007
- AxeCinema

I may not know about aging, really, but this still touched me deeply, as your shorts usually do...

Reading over that, it may be interpreted quite rudely... insert 'movies' instead of 'shorts'.

Posted on July 25, 2007
- BilllyBobSammyJim

why didnt you just tell me i'm getting old? you didnt have to go to these lengths to send the message.

I hope you're not amidst an identity crisis...
if so, i have just the product for you! ACT NOW!! and i'll send you 2 for the price of one.... 30 no-risk trial.... what are you waiting for?!? ACT NOW!! I SAY

VI

Posted on July 24, 2007
- riott007

LMAO oddly hilarious...women will know what you mean.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- jakechief

Another amazing movie by Dulci. Might be the best one yet. Fabulous and magnificient job. Film on.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- db4321

One and a half minutes of thought-provokingness (I know there's no such word) of the kind only Dulci can accomplish.

Ageing is one thing in life that none of us can avoid. Well, unless we invest thousands in such things as liposuction or plastic surgery, and even then we're only putting off the inevitable.

Some people age better than others. Certain people even get better with age. And some poor people sag or go wrinkly in all the wrong places. But does it really matter? No, because if you're happy and contented deep down then surely that's more important than the fact that you're not quite as good looking as you were twenty or thirty years ago.

Then again, it's probably easy for an ugly bloke like me to say something like that. Women, I expect, would feel very differently. That probably sounds horrendously patronising but it's not meant to.

Perhaps, as we get older, good looks are replaced by experience and wisdom. That's my excuse, anyway.

Anyway, I enjoyed this movie. I wouldn't call it a classic but it's certainly very good for what it is - a thought provoking commentary on the ageing process.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- rjb2112

The mourning of lost youth. I know the feeling well. I look in the mirror and my Dad stares back at me.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- NUKESTER

A highly thought provoking piece that captures your mind on TMO for a minute and a half, but stayed in my mind for far longer. It is a true unique skill to be able to channel thoughts and feelings across in such a short amount of time and I must commend you again on sharing your ability and talent with this interesting short flick.

Nuke Well in the Sum of the Parts!

Posted on July 24, 2007
- Goofparade

The funny thing about aging is that I feel that I'm getting better at...just about everything... except maybe the 100 yard dash.
I would have liked to see you show that the older person has perhaps even more to offer than the one in the picture... although that is implied in the title.

cheers

gp

Posted on July 24, 2007
- norriefpb

Strange things mirrors. They show me a man in his 40s, where I know in my heart I'm much younger.
Strange things indeed.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- Spaceman72

Yep, That's the hard truth. Even as man in the mid thirties I stand sometimes before the mirror and wonder how fast the youth past by. An extraordinary movie from you again, Dulci!
5 stars and two thumbs up!

Posted on July 24, 2007
- TheBiz

Pretty good stuff. The lack of sound caused me to pay more attention to the message/emotions that you are conveying. Works well at this length. I also like how the character is played against one of the game's main symbols of physical beauty from the shirt to the photograph.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- murpheykid

Goodness gracious. Your films tend to be very thought provoking, even without words. But I guess that simply proves the saying "A picture is worth 1,000 words". Great little film, Dulci.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- Active_Studios

I really love your films, Dulci, this time you made something different, this time your voice is not on, but that's good. Try something new. Good choice of camerawork, of course. The music was cool. I quite enjoyed it, not saying I'm didn't. Keep up making some good movies. I'm watching.

Active_Studios
p.s. Please rate my new trailer Soul Shuttle.
Thanks.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- colingaiser

That woman actually aged quite well, considering.

This is a unique little film, and although I haven't waved farewell to my dashing good looks just yet, I still understand the pain this poor woman is experiencing. No matter what it is, it's always hard to lose something we treaure, whether it be our youthful exuberance or something else far more important.

Nice little artsy film, Dulci.

Posted on July 24, 2007
- sisch

I like this one!
What do I tend to see when I look in the mirror?
Well, depends entirely on the mood of the day... some days I think: hey, not too bad... at others: oh my... who is that, do I really want to wash her? :D (usually after a long night out..)
Overall, I have no problem with getting older - I feel much more myself right now than I felt in my 20's, and I like that. The important part is to stay young in your heart, and if you're wearing a smile in your eyes, you will always be beautiful!

Posted on July 24, 2007
- TheFlyingDuDe-Films

Like I mentioned in my review for your last film, I love all your movies and the only thing I miss in such a short flick of yours is your voice.
But this time it´s diffirent, not that I disslike it, but your voice isn´t needed here, everyone should understand what´s going on here without any narration! Perfect use of scenes, to creat the needed bodylanguage ... another great movie of yours!
love it! =)

Posted on July 24, 2007