healthcare outside large metropolitan areas.
TEST PATTERN also looks into contemporary biracial relationships, relationships with mixed economic situations, how a new relationship changes people and how are they changed after a life altering trauma. They’re a bunch of heavy themes packed into this short movie.
Renesha is an attractive, black, young, white collar professional. While enjoying an evening out with her friends, she catches the eye of Evan, a blue collar guy with a scruffy beard and shy demeanor. After gathering his resolve, he asks for her phone number and she obliges.
The next 20 minutes plays thru the first few months of their relationship. Renesha starts out having one tiny tattoo, (he’s a tattoo artist), in a well hidden location, wearing suits to work and living in a high rise with 3 balconies. Time passes by way of her tattoo’d sleeve being proudly displayed on her arm as she’s now going off to work in a yellow sun dress with sandals at a Non-Profit, leaving from his humble bungalow. As the song says: “Love, is a many splendored thing!”
After another night out with a girlfriend, Renesha is drugged & raped. Evan is devastated and completely obsessed about getting her a rape kit test and police report taken. Most of the last 45 minutes of the film is about this pursuit.
The experience after the assault might be worse than the violation itself. Quite possibly, these scenes will trigger anyone with this history; they’re very realistic. Both actors do a good job showing a broad range of emotions, growing and changing as the script demands. It never feels like acting.
I can’t remember the last time lighting made any difference to me at all in a movie but it is absolutely a big deal in this one. It adds texture, mood, tension, well, it really conveys another layer of emotion beyond what the actors and soundtrack do. It is amazing.
Don’t be put off by the rating and topic. The subject is mature but the presentation is respectful. I’m not sure what 18+ really means but there are things on TV far more offensive than this movie.
Give it a chance🍿
Fiction, Fiction, Fiction August 2021 #15