Run Out

Following the morning of a likable but odd character, the story portrays a number of issues in our modern society

Genre: Drama

Length: 9:37

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3.5 out of 5 stars

Producer/s : Tamas Levardi,

Director/s : Tamas Levardi, 

Writer/s : Tamas Levardi, 

Actor/s : Nik Balfe, Dominic Heath


Lost monsters

Run Out is a lament delivered purely with visuals, and mood-setting radio snippets detailing the hopeless times we live in. The hero is an oddball, as we all are (but we try to keep it hidden), who sleeps in a monster costume onesie. He shows on the outside how he feels within, and it’s not just a costume, it’s his true skin, because although he takes his socks off to shower, the onesie stays on. He dries himself, still wearing it, with a hair dryer. Then he ties his respectable tie over it, picks up his case and umbrella, and goes to work.

If it is his true skin, it’s not one he’s comfortable in. He traverses a harsh landscape of concrete and glass, brick and graffiti; then can’t bear to go into his office. He runs away to the sea and to open fields, trees, and bucolic isolation, but seems as lost here as in the city.

Sadly, these visual tropes are familiar ones, and the originality and humour found earlier is replaced by well-composed but conventional shots. Director Tamas Lavardi invites us to look for symbolism, but clues appear at the level of our sad hero throwing away his tie and brolly. It’s a shame that Lavardi’s delightful quirky invention in the first half is not sustained.

An onscreen quote indicates that this film is about freedom, and overcoming obstacles to it. Maybe, but the stronger theme concerns alienation. Perhaps the quest for the first is the solution to the second. It’s of its era, and to its credit avoids millennial self-pity. The music selections create a gently sombre mood that matches the bleak poetry of the deliberately austere, symmetrical visuals, until this self-imposed rigour is broken at the hopeful end.