Since its completion in 2009, a lot has happened toÂ Out of Sync. After premiering at Indies for Indies in Pittsburgh, it hit the global festival circuit. I’ve already posted about my visit to Rutger Hauer’sÂ I’ve Seen Films International Film FestivalÂ in Milan, where Out of Sync received a Special Mention Prize, but the film also screened atÂ Palm Beach International Film Festival in Florida,Â Choice Cuts Short Film Festival in London and the brand newÂ Lewiston-Auburn Film FestivalÂ in Maine.
Interestingly enough, the short achieved its greatest success online.Â A few weeks after a hi-res version was uploaded and added to the website,Â Out of SyncÂ was picked up by Vimeo Staff PicksÂ and featured byÂ MUBI Garage, resulting in a total of 58,000 views (and counting). A quick glance at Vimeo’s comment section will give you an indication of how well it’s been received.
Besides LA-based Dennis Cozzalio, who gave a glowing review at Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, other critics have chimed in.Â This is what formerÂ New York TimesÂ critic and House Next Door founderÂ Matt Zoller SeitzÂ had to say:
â€œThis is a terrific movie. Formally adventurous and technically impeccable but with soul and a point. A rare combination of aspects. The story is told in a very intricate, borderline too-clever manner, toying with literary POV techniques yet somehow never losing track of the basic feelings of the couple and the issues that complicate their relationship. The style is very cognizant of film history, but not a slave to it. Gelderblom’s got his own voice, and it’s rich and assured.”
Meanwhile, Movie Geeks United regular Dean Treadway posted a detailed review at his blogÂ Filmicability:
â€œItâ€™s the shapes, the rigid color palette, the horizontal lines battling with the verticals, the close-ups wrestling with the long views (with birds sizzling precisely along a flowered horizon at one point), and itâ€™s the disconnect between the sound and image in the first half of Peet Gelderblomâ€™s too-short Out of Sync–these are the facets that rivet us most. (…) The haziness of a weekday morning is palpable, and the gentle tans of the womanâ€™s cosmos clash with the gunky greys of the manâ€™s. (…) A promising exercise for a promising new director.â€
Brazilian film critic Pablo VillaÃ§aÂ (Cinema em Cena) wrote the following:
And back in Pittsburgh, Sam Ippolito at the Pittsburgh Indie Movie ExaminerÂ put it like this: