Film Review: Pierrot

Pierrot couldn’t be a more apt title for this film. The idea of a sad clown, a juxtaposition in one body. The idea that the mask on the outside hides something much different within. Here, we see that idea explored in more modern terms.

Whilst the film portrays itself as a simple film in terms of locations, music, dialogue and production, underneath it is actually an intricate and multi-layered exploration of the human psyche. An expedition into how not only do our masks hide our inner desires and emotions, but masks can also allow us to fulfil those desires and be someone we are too afraid to be without it.

The narrative is incredibly well constructed, with clever and minimal dialogue. What drives this film is the actions of its characters. Their interactions and reactions are what tell the story, rather than their speech. This in itself makes for a much more intense and thought provoking visual experience.

Whilst the production is low budget, this actually enhances the appeal of the film as it further highlights the plot devices that are used and the story itself. The use of music is underplayed yet effective, enhancing the emotion in each scene.

A beautifully constructed and executed film that subverts its own simplistic mask to reveal a detailed humanistic exploration.