Saturday, 15 May 2010

Short Film Review: MR. BOJAGI (2009)

Director: Marco Van Belle
Running time: 10 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): N/A

Watched via Internet Saturday 15th May 2010.


I saw the trailer for this short film a few weeks ago and was quite intrigued. A man who can help you find the perfect gift is not something to be taken lightly. And with the added weight of someone like Brian Blessed in the cast, well I just had to see it.

A woman, carrying a package, enters the establishment if Mr Bojagi. He is up a ladder checking items on a very high shelf. He comes down and motions that the woman puts her package in a box marked ‘Returns’. He tells her that in order for him to find the perfect gift, he must see the recipient, her granddaughter, as she does. To facilitate this he puts the woman into a kind of mind reading device and asks her a series of questions. As he asks each question an image of the granddaughter appears on a screen. Does she like what Mr Bojagi has to say? Does she find the perfect gift? Well, in the interests of discretion, I won’t say right now, but there’s a link on the official site where you can watch for yourselves. It’s only there for a few days, so don’t miss out!

This is a very nice short film, only ten minutes duration, very well made and nice performances from both Brian Blessed as Mr Bojagi and Hildegarde Neil as The Woman. I liked the story, it’s well written and tells us something about ourselves and our attitude towards choosing presents for friends and loved ones. Very enjoyable to watch (I saw it twice) and highly recommended.

My score: 8.3/10


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