Amy Seimetz had a starring role in Shane Carruth’s “Upstream Color,” which proved to be one of the more impressive and confounding films released in 2013. You’d be forgiven for assuming that the duo’s follow-up collaboration would be another dense, trippy, nearly Pynchonian web of mind-bending sci-fi and ultra-impressionistic visuals.
And yet, it turns out, quite the opposite is true: Carruth and Seimetz have reunited for a charming new short film entitled “We’ll Find Something.” Carruth is not behind the camera here, which may explain the short’s relatively straightforward delivery and structure (directing credit, in this case, goes to Casey Gooden). The result is a pleasant, mostly plotless bit of observational comedy/verbal jousting that occasionally brings to mind the laid back, walk-and-talk verbal fireworks of Richard Linklater’s ‘Before’ trilogy.
Not much really happens over the course of “We’ll Find Something”: Carruth and Seimetz play a hip, attractive, witty New York City couple bickering and wandering around the city looking for something to eat. Both performers are terrific here, expertly peeling back the buried layers of resentment and passive aggression that eventually come to dominate the conversation that acts as the short’s main centerpiece. Gooden’s film has already received lots of love at this past year’s SXSW festival, in addition to playing at both the Denver and Portland film festivals. It’s definitely unlike anything the two have attempted together before, and fans of leisurely-paced, talk-heavy micronarratives will find lots to enjoy here.
Check out the entire twelve-minute short below.