In this crazy, fast-paced world of information overload it is a rare thing to find oneself alone and in a quiet place within cities. In this short film, “629” we are invited to enter this solitary moment with a man wandering an old naval shipyard. Time falls away as he meanders and seems to go back into childhood-like actions of throwing rocks and following painted lines on cement. This contrasts the contemplative mood set by the look in his eyes and the minimal colour palette of the film.
This film, by director Rory Dean, invites the viewers to not only accompany the man on this quiet journey, but to bring along their own situations to consider along this walk. This is a multi-layered visual experience that takes place not in the dream-world but along the road that surrounds it; that place where we can think without the distractions of so much chatter and technology. I constantly hear often these days that we all must make some sort of disconnect but rarely do we get the chance to truly do so.
I enjoyed that this film was not preaching for me to find some quiet time, but felt more like I just found myself following this character. This is an attribute of director Dean’s films that I appreciate and consistently find: As Christina Stojanova points out in her article from Splice, Dean works from the center of story to connect otherwise disparate narrative fragments. This is an undercurrent in all of his films, filmics and short videos. While there is a definitive story structure, the viewer is granted the opportunity of personal exploration and finite conclusions.