Extremely acute in its study of youth and how discovery is intrinsic to experience. The coming of age motif's overabundance in independent cinema can at times be grating to me but Short Vacation deploys such an ethereal approach, one of constant wonder in which the smallest details of life feel revelatory. The importance of friendship and shared experiences is elucidated across this film's casual, organic pacing. The film's grammar is understated yet extremely precise, its formal style, specifically the use of composition is extremely effective in way it purveys the quiet intimacy of these characters, often lingering on certain moments of self-discovery or personal rumination. All of this adds up to effectively project the milieu of carefree adolescence in which the world feels so expansive and doing so in a way in which the naivety intrinsic to youth is not perceived to be pejorative but natural and beautiful. A film that could feel slight to some but it is anything but - I could see myself grading this film significantly higher in time,
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