BY IFE OLUJUYIGBE
I love short films. Solid plot, no subplots, straight to the point, no wasted scenes, no unnecessarily prolonged conversation that causes your eyes to roll, no idle banter that does nothing to enhance the story. These, and for many other reasons, is why I like Brave, a 2014 short film written and directed by Lowla Dee.
Brave is a story about a young couple, Nathan (Wole Ojo) and his wife Layo (Adesuwa Etomi) who are so much in love. Two years into their marriage, Layo begins to worry about her inability to conceive, in spite of her husband’s repeated reassurances. When she finally does, she decides to break the news to him at dinner on the night of their upcoming anniversary. Unfortunately, calamity strikes, and she loses her pregnancy while he loses his legs. Their love for each other faces a major trial afterwards.
The minimal number of cast does this film justice. Only people who need to be there are there, and that’s just delightfully refreshing. The storyline isn’t something we haven’t heard or seen before, but its delivery is fantastic and causes the story to glow like twinkling midnight stars. The chemistry between Adesua and Wole is so believable, so natural that it compels you to want to fall in love with love. Another major allure is how the lines are deep, carrying a lot of meaning with them. I am particularly in love with the line ‘teach your heart to do the right thing.’ Or ‘Do you love his body or his soul?’ I heard these and paused to meditate.
Diana Yekini is portrayed as Tammy, Layo’s outgoing friend. She does what she does best, albeit stereotypically. We know about three other films where her role is almost identical and we know she’s capable of more, so how far, Nollywood? Adesua emotes so beautifully in this film; she doesn’t overdo or underdo, and Wole is a perfect fit, eliciting several ‘Aww’s as you watch. The soft soundtracks are in sync with the many emotions this movie stimulates (Bez on point), and the picture quality is super.
In just thirty minutes, Brave tells a tale you will not forget in a hurry, and does it with simplicity. It isn’t utterly predictable in spite of its happy ending, and when you’re done seeing it, you find yourself smiling with teardrops rolling down your cheeks.