By Brett Mullins
Written and Directed by Martin Bargiel
After being found at the scene of a seeming murder, an aged man attempts to recall the past during an interrogation and finds difficulty in determining what to believe.
Augenblicken is a smart short film that presents the audience with several conflicting accounts of this individual’s evening. In doing so, the audience itself begins to feel as though they are the object of interrogation. As tension builds, the realities conflict increasingly so, which produces a conclusion is well placed.
Christian Preuss’ portrayal of the main character is excellent and quite relatable. He is a somewhat good natured commoner who just wants a good night’s sleep and an occacional smoke. As he is placed in events that are somewhat beyond him, he feels overwhelmed and scared. The effectiveness of the film results from the transfer of these emotions to the audience.
With this being said, the interrogators were stereotypical and did not fit well into the film. This is perhaps to direct the focus of the film to the main character; however, it ultimately hinders the development of the conclusion.
This film was screened at the 2012 Atlanta Horror Film Festival.