The Strange Ones

A man and a boy, traveling to an unknown destination, find respite in a motel swimming pool. On the surface all seems normal, but nothing is what it seems to be. Short film not to be confused with the 2017 feature film with the same name.

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  • ★★★★ review by Fernando Andrés on Letterboxd

    SXSW #2 —

    (the new feature, not the 2011 short)

    Mesmerizing and disquieting portrait of abuse, gaslighting, sexuality. Walks a dangerous line and it pays off. I'll be thinking about this one for a while.

  • ★★★½ review by Tony Caldwell on Letterboxd

    A short film about two travelers who stumble upon a motel where a girl offers to help them.

    Interesting short film which feels like a 15 minute scene from a longer work.

    Left me feeling uneasy.

  • ★★★★ review by seanmalin on Letterboxd

    Still one of the greats

  • ★★★★ review by Matthew Lucas on Letterboxd

    Who's the liar? A young man and a boy break down on the side of the road, and stop at a nearby hotel. Are they brothers, as the older of the two claims? Or is something much darker going on, as the younger one confesses to the hotel clerk? THE STRANGE ONES never answers our questions, leaving us with an unsettled air of mystery. The film's final moments gives clues, but only the fleeting clues of a passerby, leaving us with little to no tangible information.

    Context is everything. Witnesses don't have the full story. Who are we to believe? Can we even believe our own eyes? There's a lot going on in these 15 minutes. A sharp and haunting short film.

  • ★★★½ review by Benjamin John Bollweg on Letterboxd

    I believe him

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