Saw this at Frightfest '21. Boy #5 does an incredible job of knitting a classic and well-trodden mythology with a modern setting and a socially relevant theme. Despite the title, the central character is the human social worker who succumbs to her fatal flaw of getting too emotionally involved in her case, in this case, the titular character (a young vampire). This classic approach to storytelling delivers a satisfying emotional arc and structure for the film as a whole, with the central relationship of social worker/boy providing a strong spine to the film with some lovely, natural acting.
Some of the scenes are a little too slow and some are stilted. I saw an interview with the director who said he doesn't like rehearsing. Sometimes over-rehearsing can be bad for sure, but sometimes under-rehearsing can also be negative. If I were him, I would revisit that stance.
But overall, the director with his team does an incredible job, especially on limited resources, and especially in the hastily improvised (from a filmmaking point of view) vampire club scene. It's a wonderful achievement and a huge inspiration to grassroots filmmakers out there.
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A social worker takes a withdrawn homeless boy into her care, not suspecting that he is a vampire. As she she gets closer to him, his thirst for human blood increases and to protect him, she must help lure his next kill to satisfy his cravings.
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June 21, 2022 at 09:23 AM