The Muse – Review ****

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You may have heard of Tim Walker, photographer extraordinaire, before. His fashion work for Vogue and his photo portraits are everywhere. His romantic style and extravagance make his style unique. His latest short film, The Muse, has all the elements and greatness of his photographic work, and its theme – a reinterpretation of the Little Mermaid story – will certainly hit home with Walker’s fans.

Ben Whishaw is Edward Dunsten, a photographer obsessed with a mermaid (Kristen McMenamy) who isn’t there anymore. How did he find the mermaid, or why she left, is never explained. All we know is that there is an empty tank in the garden, and Edward spends his days walking down the garden and watching old footage of his muse. Few words are spoken and they’re all about how he looked for her everywhere…how mermaids can grow legs when they fall in love with a man, only to use them to walk away… and how no one knows what happens to those who fall victim of her spell when she is no longer there. Sensorial, poetic and visually stunning (obviously), The Muse may feel at points as an extended high-end commercial, but Whishaw’s grounded performance of a man left empty and hollow by the creature’s absence makes this short worth savoring.

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Sara is originally from Coimbra, Portugal, where she studied Film Studies before moving to London to enrol in film school. Having made her first short film about her neighbour's chickens when she was 9 (a dystopian sci-fi, still her favourite genre), she is now a London-based film director and editor, and also a writer for the Portuguese Take Magazine. She is a huge fan of Lars Von Trier, Krysztof Kiéslowski, and David Lean.