Review: Laundry Day

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People are often guilty of involving themselves in others’ lives and listening to their discussions, whether in person, or online. We tend to eavesdrop on others’ conversations, typically unintentionally, but sometimes it’s difficult to avoid hearing about the latest drama. This is especially true when it comes to relationships.

In the film Laundry Day, co-directed by Justin Diezmo and Christian Bunea, a young couple is seen in the middle of the streets literally airing their dirty laundry for all to see. The film focuses on the unraveling of their relationship. The initial conversation between the two leads begins due to something so trivial, which spurs further disagreements and accusations, eventually escalating into a full-blown heated argument.

By the end of the short, the couple are seen separating; walking away from one another. As they do so, the camera shoots from a wide-angle, which is a clever juxtaposition. The shot features the lead actress trying to compose herself, and the image of some cat butts on the back of the lead actor’s shirt. The film crew said they “just wanted a funny shirt,” but personally, I think this particular image was symbolic. For me, I saw the cat butts representing how the male actor could have handled the situation better; been more assertive and communicated, and I also thought it was a clever play at him being able to easily be with other women if he so desired.

The film was inspired by the film crew’s observations of other people and their friends. The filmmaking team wanted to create a short that involved a relationship dynamic that you typically don’t often see on-screen, and I believe they succeeded. They brought to light in a colourful way that people are not always the best communicators, that emotions are important, and that people should not make accusations or assumptions; they should acknowledge their mistakes.

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  • Directors: Justin Diezmo and Christian Bunea
  • Cast: Tiffany Babiak, Gigi Klein, Jake Shannon

Catharine Horsley

Film Reviewer

Catharine Horsley is a film studies graduate from Carleton University, who is addicted to the cinema. She is very passionate about art, photography, and filmmaking. Her dream is to become a screenwriter or film critic. When Catharine isn’t watching movies, she finds joy in reading, writing, painting, and cooking.