Directed by: Antonio Padovan
Starring: Kirsty Meares, Jeff Moffitt, Timothy J. Cox, Ben Prayz, Alex Vincent
Sock and Cakes is an ensemble short film written and directed by Antonio Padovan, the story follows five guests at a dinner party and takes an equally comic and tragic glimpse at their interactions with each other and their personal lives. The characters are Harry (Timothy J. Cox) the bitter French literature professor who still has very strong feelings for his ex-wife Amanda (Kirsty Meares), who is now married to Harry’s best friend Richard (Jeff Moffitt) and they are hosting the dinner party.
On the surface Amanda and Richard are successful architects who seem to have a perfect relationship, but of course as the evening progresses we see the opposite is the truth. The other guests are the arrogant real estate agent David (Ben Prayz) and his young seductive, but centered girlfriend Sophie (Alex Vincent). Richard and Harry both become fascinated with Sophie, although Harry is more annoyed as to how someone like her is with an idiot like David.
As we meet each character we see them dealing with their neuroses while talking about their dreams, marriage, sex and life. Then we get a large portion of the film being told from Harry’s perspective as he gives a witty monologue directly to the camera about his life, with Cox delivering a spot on performance as the droll cynical intellectual.
What then follows are some of the best scenes when we see Amanda breaking down ad revealing to Harry that her marriage has been in trouble for some time and that she’d had a fling with David and that her future with Richard is very uncertain. This could have come across as a grim scene, but the equal mixture of humor and sadness takes any grimness away and leaves an honest glimpse of these two characters in that moment and time.
The script is witty and sharp with some snappy dialogue and the right touch of irony providing an engaging character study of people who can’t confront the truth about their own lives. What makes the whole thing come together are the strong performances of the whole cast, but especially Cox, who manages to bring warmth and charm to his antagonistic character, and Meares who gives a frank and honest portrayal of a misspent life.
Verdict: What I especially liked about the film is that it ended without giving any solution to anyone’s problems, making it more honest and real.