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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  • ★★★½ review by Josh on Letterboxd

    Yeah, this works way better as a short.

  • ★★★★ review by Grant Conversano on Letterboxd

    great short. Along the lines of what is possible with my dogma.

  • ★★★★ review by Keh on Letterboxd

    Fantastic ! ! ! can't wait to see the feature film from this year.

  • ★★★★ 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 Daniel Lapinski on Letterboxd

    An eerie short hinging on the credibility of a moody teenager. Makes me curious to see the feature length expansion that came out this past year, but this is also the kind of story that easily risks losing all of its power by addressing any further all the questions the viewer is left demanding answers for.

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