Wat er geschreven wordt over Wishful Thinking

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From defilmrescensent.nl

Door Liselotte Gertenbach op
Bioscoopeigenaar Walter heeft al meer dan 50 jaar een bijzondere droom. Wanneer hij tijdens een avond werken een hartaanval krijgt lijkt het erop dat zijn droom werkelijkheid wordt.

Wishful Thinking is een Nederlandse korte film waar duidelijk veel aandacht aan besteed is. De professionaliteit blijkt onder andere uit de keuze in casting, de uitgekozen filmlocatie, de prachtig vormgegeven poster en de intense muzikale score.

De muziek, die hier een belangrijke rol in speelt, is afkomstig van het Metropole Orkest. De keuze om een orkest te vragen de muziek te verzorgen, in plaats van een met de computer ontwikkelde soundtrack te gebruiken, past als een puzzelstukje bij de stijl die de film overbrengt.

Interessante cinematografische keuzes maken de film tot een niet conventioneel geheel. Er is duidelijk een bewuste keuze gemaakt om bepaalde scènes door middel van zwart-wit beelden te laten zien en andere scènes gewoon in kleur. Dit werkt verrassend goed, vooral omdat het de toon in de zwart-wit beelden op een bepaalde manier versterkt. Hierdoor werken de verschillende scènes goed samen, maar zijn ze ook duidelijk te onderscheiden van elkaar.

Wishful Thinking is uniek, goed geacteerd, heeft een mooie en passende cinematografie en wordt vergezelt door een ijzersterke muzikale score. Een korte film voor én door filmliefhebbers!



From Mindfield Film Festival

Wishful Thinking is such a great film! It’s I love the originality of it as well. This says a lot about your writing. You also did an excellent job at Directing; bringing your script to life. Your actors were on point. Excellent acting all around. The Cinematography was beautiful and had visually appealing shots. The Editing was done wonderfully and flowed well. I loved how the score fit the genre perfectly as well. Excellent work, Dennis!


From The Monthly Film Festival

There is somewhere, beyond this life, a place where our most burning desires are fulfilled. Portraying in bittersweet shades the condition of the individuals who feed their existence with sublime dreams that go beyond the coordinates of their own reality, ‘Wishful Thinking‘ is an interesting, emotional and tragicomic experiment about this soul journey into the imaginary world of its fanciful projections. This short film is also a heterogeneous exercise of interference between several cinematic techniques specific to complementary aesthetics that oscillate between European visual grammar and the emphatic dynamism of American films of the 1960s. Resonating at both technical and emotional levels, with the vision of director Giuseppe Tornatore in the films Malena or Cinema Paradiso, Dennis Nap’s project is a well-defined collage between two adjacent perspectives to look and think about human existence through the magic of cinema, as well as a dense and sensitive meditation about the need for illusion of the individual.


Walter is the owner of a cinema exclusively focused on classic American films. Not accidentally, the old man, who, after the death of his wife, devotes his whole life to film fictions, has a passion for the imaginary worlds populated by the great stars of the last century’s cinema, having one great desire: to kiss Marilyn Monroe. On a regular day, however, while cleaning the projection room, Walter suffers a heart attack that disconnects him from the coordinates of reality. Thus, his soul travels beyond the material world, taking shelter in a parallel universe, conceived according to the technicalprinciples of an American film, where his great desire will be fulfilled. On this occasion, Walter will personally know Marilyn Monroe, with whom he will start designing his own film, even if at the other end of the universe, in the objective reality of humans, someone tries to resuscitate the old man by risking the perfecting of his cinematic American-like fantasy.


Placed on the boundary between reality and dream, ‘Wishful Thinking’ excels through an impeccable image and a suggestive soundtrack that, beyond the technical stake to approach in heterogeneous manner two distinct aesthetic strategies, manages to differentiate very convincingly the feelings of the protagonist. Focusing on the bond of empathy created between the spectator and Walter, the director creates an emotional story with slightly ironic inflections that, although not defining a much more complex profile of the main character, is a smart cinematic experiment not just about a visual engineering similar to a cold palimpsest. Perhaps that is precisely the great quality of Dennis Nap’s film, who, unlike most experimental short films creators, doesn’t consider that the non-conformism of the aesthetic strategy mixture can offset the emotional dimension of the storyline.

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