To The Last Drop

The revenge of a woman who believes she has found the man who hurt her years earlier

Genre: Drama

Length: 06:22

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Producer/s : Barbara Glas,

Director/s : Barbara Glas, 

Writer/s : Barbara Glas, 

Actor/s : Gaia Said, Gregory Good

 

Drink up!

In a park, a beautiful and incongruously elegant woman interrupts an elderly American’s phone call. She lures him to a restaurant, and thence to her place. He’s a bumbling fool, easily lured. Is she a desperate housewife, or at worst a high-class escort? Hmm, possibly the latter, because it seems she knows him from some Embassy party long ago, a party to which young women were invited, and the guests “drank to the last drop.”

The past is not fully spelled out; we have to infer it from clues such as Diane’s name (Diane, the huntress), her red dress, the wine she pours for him, and her words once she has him trapped in her basement. But the party involved knives, and we begin to wonder, was she turned into a vampire back then, by the bloodsucking guests?

It would be wrong to reveal how the story unfolds, or even to ask the questions posed by the double-twist at the end. It is however fair to say that some will find the mystery too obscure to provide the completely satisfying pay-off the film deserves. It is well shot, wonderfully acted by a cold and controlling Gaia Said as the vamp, and Gregory Good as the bumbling and forgetful (for reasons that become clear) old diplomat.

At just over five minutes, To The Last Drop (Jusqu’a la Derniere Goutte) shows the impact and resonance that even the shortest of films can aspire to. Director Barbara Glas draws meaning from the diplomat’s naïve straight-on gaze, and from her sideways regard on him, at least until he’s in Diane’s clutches. This isn’t the obscure and pretentious kind of Gallic minimalism, for Glas enriches her film in ways that work perfectly in the short format.