IMDb Rating: 7.2/10
Not Rated | 23min Short | Drama | Short
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83 % Fresh (Audience Ratings)
Director: Nicholas Verso
Writers: Nicholas Verso, Paul Welsh
Stars: Toby Wallace, Cody Fern, Brian Lipson
IMDb summary: In 1995, Jonah is proud to be the loner at the teen mental health clinic. But when a new patient, Richard, is admitted and the boys are forced to share a room, Jonah finds himself forming a connection despite himself. But will their bond be strong enough to protect them from the darklings that hide in the night shadows?
You can watch this KIS KIS Short Film here.
Yet another well-written and directed short film that we found randomly looking through YouTube. KIS KIS is another amazing resource on YouTube for short films in the same vein as Omeleto and Dust.
The Last Time I Saw Richard explores a mixture of dark fantasy through two troubled teens who are dealing with serious mental health issues. It was very interesting to see a younger Cody Fern featured in this as the unknown kid on the block, Richard. Both Richard and king of the health clinic, Jonah, don’t really get on at first. Jonah tries to impose his “superiority” upon Richard, but Richard isn’t having any of it. Perhaps this is one reason they end up as “friends” at the beginning.
It was fascinating to watch how Richard and Jonah related to each other as two broken people looking for a way to feel whole. In some ways, they found this in each other, particularly when the shadows come to life at night. We won’t spoil it for you, but the writer has given this entire genre fresh life by introducing fantastical elements into what is essentially a short film about mental health.
Both Cody Fern (practically unknown at this point in his career) and Toby Wallace give career-boosting performances as Richard and Jonah. Both actors are exceptionally gifted and very in touch with the material. We wanted this film to last longer than it did but felt that the story that needed to be told was told beautifully.
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