Davide Melini’s “The Puzzle” is a five minute short of swift, criminal perfection. The dark noir manages to embody all the suspense and tension of classic storytelling. He has taken a creative concept broke it down into it’s components and build it back up with astonishing depth and style. The story is about a mother and son who’s relationship is strained over finances. The outcome is a dark nightmare that pays homage to noir legends like Alfred Hitchcock and Dario Argento. This short film was released in 2008 and won several awards. It stays within the tradition of Italian giallo while managing to be an original piece that is captivating. Davide Melini has gone on to work with Dario Argento and plus create his own twisted tales. It proves that while most western cultures may not think much of the Italian horror and thriller genre, the talent found in the country is some of the best the world has to offer. “The Puzzle” is a cool, short crime that shows true talent and vision.
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The Puzzle from Davide Melini on Vimeo.