CTFF '19 Review: Three Minutes
By Nina Kalirai
Three Minutes is a short film directed by Juliette McCawley, made in Trinidad & Tobago. The 13-minute film is a comedy about a couple taking a pregnancy test to find out if they’re pregnant.
The film starts out with Dru Castiglione recapping a recent night out that her and her boyfriend (the late) Chris Smith had together to try and ring some bells for him on what could be happening as a result of that night.
Chris is comedic in his responses when reminiscing that night, generating laughter throughout the theatre. After going through a full re-cap of the night, Dru then tells him she might be pregnant because she missed her period. Chris panics at first, but then gets very excited at the possibility of becoming a father.
The two then begin to argue over who would babysit the child, as well as baby names. In doing so they jokingly but somewhat seriously insult each others families, which continues through the duration of the film until the end.
At the end of the film, the three minute timer rings to remind them to check the results of the pregnancy test, and the film ends with the two of them looking at each other in shock, almost as if their arguing made them reconsider whether or not being potentially pregnant was a good thing. However, the audience is left not knowing what the results of the test are.
© Youtube | Juliette McCawley
The filming of Three Minutes was done in a unique way, such that the cuts and edits of it made it appear as though it was a comedy clip you would see on social media. The music in the film added emphasis to the comedic, yet serious aspect of the film, in terms of potentially being pregnant, while Chris Smith did an amazing job at keeping the audience in pure laughter throughout.
Three Minutes is a quick film I would recommend to anyone looking for genuine comedic relief, that will distract you from whatever it is that you have going on that day.
This film was originally screened at the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival 19’.