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Summer of the Serpent (2004)

TV-PG | | Drama, Short | 12 June 2004 (USA)
A young girl who's bored with the normal happenings at a public pool becomes fascinated with a pair of improbable patrons who arrive.


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Cast overview:
Joyce Perrone Joyce Perrone ... Juliette
Keiichi Kondoh Keiichi Kondoh ... Koji
Sarah Zhang Sarah Zhang ... Miyako
Kelly Kunik Kelly Kunik ... Ms. Morillo
Charles Slowey Charles Slowey ... Ernesto Morillo
Willem Zuur ... Ross
Heather Henderson ... The Lover


A shy young girl who can't swim is bored by the normal happenings at the public pool that her mother and brother enjoy. Then a pair of unlikely patrons show up, an attractive young Asian woman wearing designer swimsuit and accessories, and her manservant with an umbrella and a case full of elegant bar items. The woman lounges, staying out of the water and sun, while her servant fixes her a drink and stands attentively in the sun in his black suit. The girl becomes fascinated with the pair, especially the servant, maybe to the point of obsession. When the woman falls asleep, the girl and the servant exchange long stares. Will they make a connection of some kind? Written by TimeNTide

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Drama | Short




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12 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Stunningly Beautiful, Intriguing, Mesmerizing... but the Ending may Baffle
29 May 2008 | by TimeNTideSee all my reviews

I've watched this short on the Sundance Channel three different times now... and it always mesmerizes me. It's amazingly well made for a short, absolutely beautiful photography with lots of color, and terrific sound work, sometimes just the ordinary sounds of a day at the public pool, a lot of wonderful and appropriate music, and sometimes a symphony of the two. And there's some really good subtle acting work as much of the communication in this film is non-verbal.

The premise is also very intriguing. A shy, bored young girl at the pool becomes fascinated (almost obsessed) with an unlikely pair of new arrivals, a posh young woman and her manservant. The rituals and out of place nature of the pair mesmerize the girl (and me). And it begs the interesting question... Why did this woman who can obviously afford to do her pool lounging at a much nicer place show up at a public pool frequented by the peanut butter and jelly sandwich crowd? Then, all the staring between the timid girl and the laconic servant becomes captivating as you wonder where it's going.

The ending may baffle, and as another user commented, may leave some unfulfilled. I'll discuss that on the message board for this short film instead of here... but regardless of that... this short film is definitely worth a watch just for the stunningly beautiful film-making.

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