A Review Of 96 Ways To Say I Love You

Sunday night at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles 96 Ways To Say I Love You debuted to its American audience. The eleven-minute short was met with laughter from the filled Regent Theater. 96 Ways To Say I Love You highlights couples discussing the first time they said those three little words declaring their affection for each other. The adorable and unexpected short begins with two individuals played by Georgia Moffett (who also produced the film) and Joel Fry as they prepare to tell their partners that they are in love with them. Preceding the ultimate event, the two talk with friends and mentally prepare themselves for the possibilities, both positive and negative, that can result from this leap of faith.

Written and directed by Daisy Aitkens, 96 Ways To Say I Love You shows Moffett playing the part of Olive seamlessly. From cute scenes in the bathroom to adventuring out among friends, it was as if the role was written for her. Then again, maybe it was. David Tennant acts opposite Nina Sosanya in various clips where they are questioned about the all-encompassing word of love, and what it means to them and their relationship. These quirky snippets also present the same question as with Moffett: whether his acting is that damn good or the role was made just for him.

Debuting along side 96 Ways To Say I Love You were other impressive shorts such as D.O.A. by Autumn Perrotta, Emoticon directed by Dwayne Tarver, and Manipura by Kelly Lynn Warren. Although 96 Ways To Say I Love You did not place, it still received rave reviews from viewers. The best comedic short was deemed Madeline Makes A Man, staring Kara Leigh Maloney and James Hartnerand. It was directed by Michelle Boley and focuses on Madeline’s search to find the perfect man. When she cannot find him, Madeline instead creates him and suffers the consequences. Best dramatic short went to Muted, directed by Rachel Goldberg and starring Chandra Wilson, following the occurrences as a single mother’s teenage daughter goes missing. It highlights the inadequacies in such searches for missing POC, when a Caucasian girl disappears and receives the media attention that was so desperately sought after from the beginning for Wilson’s still-missing daughter.