Thursday, November 21, 2019

Blind Trust - a short tour de force with counter-intuitive casting

Greetings, commies!
If you want to take a break from the impeachment circus, consider spending 20 minutes of your life on a short film Blind Trust. The world cannot have enough of sex and money scandals. 

The nominee for the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury gets caught in a public controversy around his family's hedge fund trusts.

My thoughts:
It definitely helps to understand finance and some of the jargon to appreciate this short film on a different level. "Blind Trust" is a play on words, referring to unconditional confidence in another person's loyalty as well as a particular financial model. The choice of actors for the roles is unconventional and all the more potent. The executive assistance having affair with the boss' husband is not some sexy bomb shell but a middle-aged, woman with rough features and a mannish haircut. I guess the director wanted to show that at that level of affluence and influence, looks don't matter anymore. Neither one of the female characters is traditionally glamorous. The only character who makes an effort to engage her feminine charm is the sneaky reporter, played by Annette Guarrasi. I also found it odd that the age difference between the executive mother and her daughter seems negligible. The daughter looks surprisingly weary for 28. Certainly doesn't look like your typical "golden child". In the end, those counter-intuitive casting choices made the film all the more poignant and eye-opening. The cynical and heartbreaking finale makes this film a true tour de force.

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