TIFF 2013 Review: Firecrackers

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[L]ou desperately wants to get out of her small town. She wants to leave her home, her family, and create a new life for herself, with her best friend Chantal. The two women work towards leaving their mundane town to make a new, exciting life for themselves. They don’t seek fame, they don’t seek love — all they seek is freedom and to “blow up” in the big city.

Director Jasmin Mozaffari has achieved quite a feat in this short film. She created a short that features two strong female characters. It is not often that we see strong females who don’t struggle to “find themselves” or to “find love.” In Firecrackers Lou and Chantal know exactly what they want out of life, and that’s freedom. Mozaffari has created a movie about what it means to be free, and the concept of having no ties. The world is Lou and Chantal’s stage, and after watching this short you are sure to get that vibe.

The short film is clearly a labor of love. You can see the time that went into finding perfect costuming for the two female protagonists, as well as the time that went into scouting for filming locations. Location is where this film shines the most, as the backdrop of Northern Ontario looks like nothing you have ever seen before. Many would believe this was filmed elsewhere, however, this was filmed in a rural area of otherwise urban Ontario.  The beautiful greenery and dated truck stops and diners where the movie was shot set the stage for a story that takes place now, but in a place where time seems to have stopped.

Firecrackers is screening as part of Short Cuts Canada Programme 6. Click here for more showtimes and details.