Directed by Stefan Fernandez
This was one of the shorts that I watched at Tromadance, and while I touched on it briefly in my Tromadance wrap up, I didn't really say much about it. Deep Inside was during the "Afternoon Delight" block of films, which tended to involve sex or eroticism in some way, and this one was no acception. Deep Inside is the story of a pervert who, while searching for his remote control, discovers a hidden world inside of the cushions of his couch. Unfortunately for him, this is far from Narnia. Instead, he is taken captive and strapped to a chair.
Overall, Deep Inside is a gross short, but not in the conventional way (though there IS a bit of that, too). It's not gross like Dead Alive or Wadzilla. It's not gory or explicit, it's all in the atmosphere. Deep Inside is gross in the same way that Maniac or The Divide is. The whole film just feels uncomfortable and sweaty. You can almost SMELL the film, and it smells like some form or another of bodily fluid. A lot of it has to do with the color choices and the lighting. The "other world" inside the couch takes on shades of pink, and when he first looks inside, it seemed as though he was crawling inside of a vagina (which I'm assuming was intentional).
There's a lot of symbolism going on in this one, but I'm not entirely sure if I "got" it. Maybe my brain was fried from watching hours upon hours of content at the film festival, but whatever point the director was trying to make was lost on me, and that's a bit troubling because it's obvious that the film IS saying something. This isn't just weird and sexual for the sake of being weird and sexual, everything feels deliberate. Everything feels intentional. I'd like the chance to see it again and try to analyze it, since I can see a lot of the parts, I just can't figure out how exactly they line up.
Deep Inside isn't for everyone, as the tone and general weirdness will definitely be off-putting to certain people, but I seriously doubt that Fernandez was even TRYING to make something that's widely accessible. Still, clocking in at only 15 minutes, it's short enough that I think most people reading this blog will be able to handle it. I don't entirely know if I can say that I enjoyed it, but it's certainly well made, and it will leave an impact. Fernandez knows where to point the camera and isn't afraid to make something that's challenging. That alone is worth paying attention to.