One moment, everything is normal and the next, the world is completely unfamiliar. In Gabe Sheets’ 2018 short film “Fugue”, a man searches for his true identity deep in the seedy underbelly of a sprawling urban landscape.
After being hit by a car, a man (Scott Michael Dunn) wakes up to realize he remembers nothing about who he is—except that he’s on the run. The only person who can tell him who he is, a squirmy sidekick (Richard Louis Ulrich), is completely unhelpful. The only real clues are a briefcase full of cocaine and the multiple IDs with different names on them in the man’s wallet.
High intensity chases are cut with scenes of the man talking to a seemingly unhelpful therapist (Robert Lee Davis) that only serve to further the confusion the audience (and the man) are feeling.
Somehow, director Gabe Sheets managed to pack two hours worth of story into a short film with a runtime of only 30 minutes. The cinematography is impressive—echoing the styles used by directors of box office smash hits.
“Fugue” is a remarkably entertaining piece that leaves the audience dying to solve a puzzle—who really is this man?
By Julienne Graebner │ August 18, 2020