“Avatar” is the best short subject of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival..
Within fifteen full minutes, Spanish director/writer Lluis Quilez tells a complete story with a clear beginning, middle and ending. With shades of O. Henry and Edgar Allen Poe, “Avatar” features the dark relationship between a suicidal patient and his caregiver during morning absolutions. “Avatar” redefines the term “passive aggressive” with Gothic overtures.
Avoiding the manic editing and compressing too many eccentric characters, Quilez understands pacing and letting the visuals support his gothic vision. The shocking ending pays off because of the subtle mise en scence that leads up to “Avatar's” conclusion.