Sightings

Once there were three sisters in this family, but now there are only two: the youngest, Amy, disappeared some time ago, leaving her mother and siblings to comfort each other as best they can. I've said before that the disappearance of a loved one has to be unimaginably difficult for those left behind, though at least in Sightings each sufferer has others to cling to. As fragile and harsh as it might be, at least there is still a sliver of hope that a missing sister might yet return alive.

Certainly Amy is never far from their thoughts, though that may or may not be a good thing. And on one particularly fraught evening, a phone call brings fateful -- though perhaps not entirely unexpected -- news.

At just two minutes, I feel like I've already given too much away. Of course the film has to hint at a lot more than it shows, but it does do an excellent job of hinting and leaving the viewer wondering. It's as much a tease as a movie, but it's a fascinating sort of tease.

Perhaps most impressively, there's a strong sense of reality about the remnants of this family despite the short length and even despite the creepy supernatural overtones. Perhaps it's simply that their shared, overpowering grief has brought them to a dark place where no one should ever have to go.

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The sisters and their shared mourning, about to take a strange turn.

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