A man (Fabien Lucciarini) sits down on his hotel bed with a book. He cleans his glasses, inspects his glass of scotch and proceeds to read. He is interrupted by the gentle swoosh of a letter being slid under his door. He closes the book and opens the letter. It contains a photo of an unsuspecting younger woman (Mouna Bouchouk). On the back is her name, a “classified level 5” code and a three hour timeframe.
The production value is high throughout, and Lumgair selects five effective classical pieces for the film’s score. While they provide real dramatic purpose, their use can come across as a tad heavy, at times. Likewise, the story twists and turns nicely, without ever really offering too many surprises.
On this basis, ÉLUDER’s inclusion in the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner seems deserved. And even if the thriller plotting does nothing for you, the film is a real delight to look at.