Still of Sam Hoolihan and Cara Krippner from The Sound Of Small Things
The Sound of Small Things
Slamdance Film Festival
Director: Peter McLarnan
Peter McLarnan presents a gut-wrenching look into the young marriage of Sam and Cara as they struggle to maintain trust and communication despite Cara’s recent deafness. TA group of visual artists’ first foray into narrative filmmaking, The Sound of Small Things uses lush cinematography to capture the nuances of human interaction. The film’s brilliant sound design maintains a constant feeling of tension as we watch the couple’s relationship unravel. McLarnan succeeds in showing the disconnect between the inner worlds of the two main characters, as well as the disparity between what is said and what is heard. Moments of comedy relieve a pervasive cloud of anxiety, and the audience’s feelings of sympathy and disgust are blurred as we watch Sam and Cara feign honesty with themselves and with each other. The Sound of Small Things is a film that makes you feel—one that would be most effective if watched twice. 4 of 5 stars.