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Stockholm Syndrome

by Ben Marshall, United Kingdom

A seemingly innocent phone call between a young woman and her Swedish mother slowly reveals secrets that don't bode well for her Tech-Deck obsessed partner.


82 Comments for “Stockholm Syndrome”

  • Toby says:

    Wonderfully neat story told with style and technical genius. Gets my vote!

  • Theo says:

    Loved this. Immediately invested in story!

  • Joe says:

    Beautifully shot and the edit is perfect

  • Theo Smith says:

    When Tarantino meets the Coen brothers.
    Subtle yet charming. Loved it

  • JohnW says:

    Haha “finger skateboards for idiots”

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  • Charlotte says:

    I loved this film! Beautifully shot and edited. Great twist in the story, a subtle and enchanting performance that leaves you with the chills.

  • Josh says:

    Very entertaining, but it also makes you think.

  • AndyM says:

    Excellent short thriller – love the tension created by the sound effects. Wonderfully filmed and edited with a good twist of black humour.
    Thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Barbara says:

    Brilliantly written and filmed. Who would have known that an everyday activity like hanging out the washing could be so chilling?

  • Tony says:

    Great punchy thriller with a chilling twist at the end!

  • Ann says:

    Loved this short film – the tension builds as she hangs! Brilliant in its simplicity but clever!

  • Philo says:

    I loved this short punchy film . Tension and suspense built up through the sound of the cracking of washing being shaken out – what is about to occur? What has she already done? Certainly encourages the viewer’s imagination…..

  • JoeM says:

    Fantastic the orange fleeced guy brings the same vibrant acting as Kris Marshall in Love Actually. Undoubtedly this short film will be a winner especially after the mention on LBC.

  • Gay Holmes says:

    Great little film – very well thought through

  • Alan says:

    I really liked the film

  • Eithne says:

    Wonderful, but scary! I’m not sure I would like to meet her! Excellent little film.

  • Peter says:

    Excellent – and next time I will watch my wife closely when she is hanging out the washing…. especially as she can speak another language I don’t understand!

  • Chiara says:

    Loved it! Such a great storyline, the delivery and tone is so on point!

  • Jack Dachtler says:

    Great little film. Already felt emotionally invested slightly and would like to see more. Camera work was also great.

  • Rhiannon says:

    Great little film..the suspense as she carried on hanging out the washing was great. Would like to see more.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Great little film. Made me want to hang out washing again.!

  • Gill says:

    Appearances can be deceptive can’t they?
    Great short film.

  • Sue Tyler says:

    I was hooked. It was what was going on behind those eyes !!! Would love to know the details . She was a scary lady !

  • Angela says:

    Though only a short film, the music, filming and acting really created immediate impact.
    From the innocent hanging out of washing and call to mother, the audience was led to a possible murder in only a few minutes! An amazing feat! I loved it and want to see more!

  • Lorna says:

    What a fabulous short film! Didn’t anticipate the ending. Brilliant!

  • Bob & Monica says:

    Quite menacing. Won’t feel the same about innocent looking blonde Swedes!

  • Ciaran says:

    That was a fun film with great editing choices. Not enough Tech Deck content though…

  • Sue says:

    Very clever film with an unexpected sinister twist. Keeps everyone guessing about what she’ll do next!

  • Nick says:

    Excellently directed short, dark amusing film. I particularly enjoyed the crack of the washing as she describes the manner of deaths.

  • Molly says:

    Amazingly shot and directed short. Leaves me craving the back story and as per other comment, conjures a strange nostalgia for hanging washing!

  • Katy D says:

    Really enjoyed the humour / horror balance in this . Perfectly captured the domestic dread of lockdown (don’t worry my boyfriend is fine)

  • Una says:

    A great little film. So innocent looking and yet so murderous – and the list of names just goes on and on! Brilliantly filmed with the ‘crack’ of the washing. Loved it.

  • Lisa Puddle says:

    Loved it! Very clever plot and great acting!!

  • Gina shanks says:

    A superb story which left me wanting more. I really enjoyed the murderous humor, great acting and wonderfully filmed.

  • Ian says:

    So chilling with a very innocent young lady- perception is not reality after all – loved the cracking sound effects.

  • Helena Buque says:

    Funny mixed in with horror, with a great build-up of tension. Very clever. Highly recommended!

  • Great film, plot was good. Kept me interested considering what he had to work with. I’d probably watch again

  • JACK SHORT says:

    Thought this was great. Really captured the miserable and the funny. Lockdown !!!

  • Jaclyn Pappalardo says:

    Great portrayal of the horror of lockdown! I absolutely loved it…

  • Kat says:

    Loved it! So well shot and great acting alongside a very clever, funny, gripping storyline – I wish this was longer, ha!

  • Lyn says:

    Scary little film beautifully shot and edited. Evokes Lockdown thoughts very succinctly!

  • Greg says:

    Good short film. Well put together.

  • Chris says:

    Chilling and intriguing short film.

  • Verity Pemberton says:

    I love the mix of humour and seriousness in this piece. Great sound too and the acting was spot on!

  • Gwyneth says:

    My goodness! a seemingly innocent activity of hanging out the washing with some chilling undertones. The film gets to the point in a short time aided by the sinister shaking of the washing.

  • Richard says:

    A chilling little drama very well executed! What happened next……?!

  • Liz says:

    What a ‘gem’! I loved this superb little film – brilliantly written, acted and produced.

  • Paul Mann says:

    “Butter wouldn’t melt” huh!? Mesmerising, unexpected, chilling. A beautifully concise piece.

  • Ella Jones says:

    Loved this film and the dead pan humour, a great portrayal of domestic ‘bliss’ in lockdown!

  • Hari says:

    Great little film with lots of tension

  • Sue says:

    Great film, So impressive to tell a story in just a few minutes – brilliantly acted and edited.

  • Penny McCulloch says:

    Great acting, keeps you in suspense!

  • Sara says:

    This entertaining, intriguing and chilling short film gets my vote.

  • Rebecca R says:

    Loved this short – so funny and well executed.

  • Walter says:

    An excellent film! Such great acting and loved the tension built. Also loved the nod to the tech deck!

  • Arthur says:

    Hilarious! Have watched many times and it still cracks me up. Great snappy edit and brilliant comedy timing

  • Emily Chua says:

    My lockdown feelings expressed most eloquently. Superb!

  • Randolph says:

    This micro short gave us hope and humour at a time of fear and pain. It is of the highest quality and I commend it to all — Randolph

  • Camille Hardwick says:

    Work of art!! Genius!

  • Jess says:

    Suspenseful and witty! What a stylishly filmed and edited short film that is SO current! Love it!

  • Yas says:

    So funny! Dialogue and editing on point!

  • Nic says:

    Amazingly shot, great cast! X

  • Nicole Meilen says:

    Making something as mundane as hanging washing tense and darkly hilarious – very imaginative and resourceful!

  • Emma Moutrie says:

    love love love it ❤️❤️

  • Magnus says:

    Love this!!

  • Hilary says:

    Menacing leaving us cleverly suspended – what happened to Isaak, Peter and William. What happened next???

  • Liz says:

    Great film, so much tension and humour packed into a few brief minutes. Loved it!

  • Richard says:

    Very captivating film and clever take on Stockholm Syndrome. Just cancelled my Amazon order for a Finger Skateboard!

  • Sue says:

    Great short film. The sound effects and menacing looks add to the drama.

  • Philip Hanman says:

    Fabulous little film. Getting so much into three short minutes was a work of pure genius. This director is clearly going places!

  • Great suspense and humour, beautifully done, I’d love to see more of this kind.

  • Daisy says:

    A fully scripted and acted suspense thriller, with a beginning middle and end in such a short time – brilliant achievement!

  • Graham says:

    Great short film- so much suspense in such a short time- when’s the sequel?

  • Lydia says:

    Amazing short film with a funny storyline, yet so dramatic and tense at the same time. I’ve rewatched loads.

  • Peppi says:

    This little film has it all, made me wonder what she does next. I loved everything about it.

  • Borje says:

    Incredible film kept us guessing what will happen next- we loved it.

  • Alex Hanman says:

    Amazing camera work. The build up of suspense through the sound effects was equally impressive. My favourite by far. Good job!

  • Wonderful short film; intriguing, well acted and directed and extremely thought provoking, Very impressed.

  • Nicole says:

    Absolutely loved this. It’s a great simple story and really holds you in suspense! Which really shows the skill in the filmmaker. I laughed and got chills at the same time!

  • David Meagher says:

    Please can you giver me some information of DepicT are the films submitted for the competition curated by Encounters Pre-selectors. And any other information about the process please (or a link to the nfo).

    Thank you


  • David Meagher says:

    Meant to say a fantastic rendition of the physiological mind in a simple but poignant message about relationships.

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