Iridescence (2017)

Director Max Beauchamp’s “Iridescence” is an excellent short film and one that we desperately need these days. Conveyed through motion, body language, and dance, “Iridescence” is the story of one family torn apart and destroyed by ignorance and misunderstanding. Relying on ace editing by Duy N. Bui and fantastic choreography, director Beauchamp tells the story of the tragic death of a wife at the hands of her husband one fateful night. Years later their son grows up confused about his own sexuality and is struggling to hide his affair with another man from his violent father.

As both father and son struggle and grapple silently through emotional movement and fantastic interpretive dance, they come to grips with the labels they’ve had to wear, and the labels they’ve hidden from one another for many years. Though the movie contains no dialogue, director Beauchamp fills the movie with moving music, and wonderful direction that depicts this form of dance as crucial turns in character development and narrative. Director Beauchamp is sometimes literal in the representation of both men’s struggles with their personal identity, and is also very subtle.

He depicts harrowing scenes in a room of mirrors, and another dark room that seems indicative of the personal space and turmoil this family has shared and endured. “Iridescence” successfully tackles a very tough and emotional topic about acceptance, ignorance, and misunderstanding and evokes very intense emotions about how absolutely impossible it can be to topple labels and hopefully maintain a semblance of humanity. “Iridescence” is a striking and moving experimental short worth seeking out, and I hope to see more from director Max Beauchamp in the future.