Rita is an innocent, coming of age incident in the life of adolescent Erwin. When a chirpy Rita knocks on the door of a shy introvert Ervin one day, determined to make a new friend, his life takes a new turn. As their friendship blossoms, Erwin slowly transforms into a more confident person. But the, he discovers that the Rita he knows is, in reality, only a character out of a play. The Rest of the story is about how their friendship moves ahead and does their exceptional friendship remain unchanged under the new circumstances?
Written and Directed by student director Will Nordstorm, Rita is a delightful short with wonderful performances by the leading actors. The use of body language, to establish the traits of their characters, and dialogue delivery has been tuned to perfection and elevates the film, making it a delight to watch. Fluid camera movements, clever Lighting, intelligent shot compositions, and smart editing effectively camouflages the lack of a large production budget, without compromising on production values. The music score and sound design make the film a joy to watch. Here, it is also noteworthy that all these departments have been managed by the director himself. This is no mean task, considering the finesse and quality he has brought into each one.
This cute little incident in the life of Erwin is an engaging watch, not only because of its innocence but also because of the psychological puzzle that it is, of putting together the pieces of Rita’s character and that of Ruby, to complete the picture.