Wet Pavilion (2018) [Slamdance Film Festival 2019]

People tend to take for granted how much love can be turned on and off, and how quickly relationships can end. “Wet Pavilion” is an unusual but interesting short drama about a young man sitting in the back of his brother’s car. While he, his brother, and his brother’s girlfriend slide through a car wash, he watches their relationship disintegrate before his eyes.

“Wet Pavilion” seems to be the indication that the young man is not only set for a weird life like his brother Pepe, but he’s also dreading a life where relationships can be hot one moment and dead the next. Is it really worth pursuing romance when the relationships can die so immediately? Or is it all a part of the fun of life? “Wet Pavilion” takes an odd detour in the middle exploring the young man’s brother’s life, and how flaky he tends to be.

As well, there’s talk about how he possibly had an affection for his brother’s girlfriend, in the end. In either case, it’s an interesting implication that perhaps he was joining them in the car to sabotage their relationship. And maybe it worked. In either case, “Wet Pavilion” is original and I appreciated its realistic, albeit somewhat cynical approach toward relationships.

The Slamdance Film Festival runs every year from January 25th to January 31st.