A drunk guy learns a harsh lesson about cleanliness when he gets trapped inside a public toilet.
An inebriated partygoer uses a public toilet — or a “water closet” as it’s known outside the U.S. — after a night of drinking. But he’s just a little too soused to take the time to clean up after himself properly.
But this is no ordinary water closet, and the man finds himself up against a formidable opponent in the battle over proper hygiene.
Writer-director Simeon Duncombe’s short comedy is an inventive, ingenious farce, taking full and rambunctious advantage of its compact narrative scale to create a surprisingly action-packed battle between two opponents.
The film takes place in one space, but with judicial choices of shots — and truly inventive production and set design — it creates remarkable visual and narrative dynamism. The clever traps and defenses in the film are both unexpected and yet absolutely logical, and are a mischievous delight to watch unfold. Nimble editing keeps the action humming along at a brisk but clear pace, and each beat ramps up the action, making the audience wonder just what is next for the unfortunate sloppy carouser.
There are tonal shifts in the lighting and score that may put the film into horror or suspense territory, but they’re in service to the film’s final punchline — and establish that when it comes to man vs. environment, the environment will prevail.
The film’s story may be incredibly simple on paper. Many comedies often are, and the real trick is milking the circumstances, character or — in the case of this film — setting for all its worth. In this case, the witty use of the setting offers a bravura showcase of the film’s real strengths of deep imagination and naughty but good-natured humor. “Water Closet” is a funny, fresh twist on the notion of “toilet humor” — and maybe the most brilliant PSA for cleanliness ever made.
A woman confronts a painful time in her life after discovering the truth about a mysterious old man living across from her.
An elderly man, upon dying, is given the opportunity to relive one day of his life.
By Charlotte Scott-Wilson |
A young cellist develops stage fright after one of her cello strings comes lose during an important performance.
A middle-aged woman battles her loneliness and boredom by robbing banks in the guise of a cowboy on her lunch break.
By Elham Ehsas and Azeem Bhati |
An Afghan village girl goes on her first date in London.
A once-legendary farmer takes a chance and invests his life savings in a thoroughbred piglet.
Two strangers, trying to avoid the crowd at a wedding reception, end up making an unexpected connection.
Two brothers caught in a time loop must traverse a series of maze-like events in order to prevent a catastrophic fire from occurring.
A young woman wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy. Then, she start to piece together how she got there.
A couple's love life begins to slump, forcing them to reconsider the relationship and confront how intertwined they've become.
A bullied college student seeks out shooting lessons with an ex-militia member to prove his manhood.
A young man finds himself in between a food-truck and a brothel. Then, he meets his dream girl.
By Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart |
A heartbroken woman finds a one-night stand. But the guy lives two hours away... via public transit.
A man is convinced he'll die on his 10,000th day. But when he meets a girl at his cousin's funeral, things don't go to plan.
By Tyrees A. Lamptey |
A WW1 soldier is trapped in a trench with the enemy... and it restores their faith in humanity.