SHORT FOCUS 2021: So That Nothing Changes [Francescu Artily, France, 2020]

So That Nothing Changes is a story of a homecoming that will be familiar to many – from the first awkward meet-the-family, to the stilted dinner small talk and subtle sibling digs, it’s all very human and very relatable. That is until the ominous undertones seep through, and it becomes clear this return has unleashed darker urges, simmering beneath the austere country veneer. One of the great feats of this short film is the staging – the exterior locations are well matched tonally to the story and the interior décor, albeit sparse, achieves a lot with very little. A wild boar head is used to chilling effect, along with the ominous soundtrack, and marks the point where the story definitively veers into creepiness.