Short/Feature: Breaking Fast

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Breaking Fast

The Short:

Breaking Fast (short) screenshot

Year: 2015 | Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

In a bizarre twist that I absolutely did not see coming, I liked the short version of Breaking Fast much better than the feature that it ended up being adapted into. The actors were much more natural; so much so, in fact, that the whole “Kal-El” bit that was cringe-worthy in the feature was actually adorably awkward here.

This short, which focuses mostly on Kal and Mo’s first “date,” feels almost¬†Before Sunrise (1995)-esque at times, a tone which is painfully absent from the feature; in fact, as I mention below, it lacked any distinctive tone at all. But writer-director Mike Mosallam could have just made a 90-minute version of this short film with these actors and I would have absolutely loved it. Instead, we got a heavy-handed, poorly-written slog that wasted the potential of the premise.

But at least this short does exist to give us a glimpse of what could have been, so that’s a plus.

Language: English, Arabic
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Runtime: 18 min.
Rating: Not Rated

Director: Mike Mosallam
Starring: Ryan P. Shrime, Tom Berklund

The Feature:

Breaking Fast (feature) screenshot

Year: 2020 | Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I respect Breaking Fast for attempting to offer a perspective that you don’t normally see, and I really, really wanted to like it, but man…I just didn’t. The dialogue is terrible, the acting is subpar, the plot is meandering, the themes are questionable at times. This film also holds the dubious distinction of being maybe the only toneless film I’ve ever seen in my life. There’s like no distinguishing style to at all, it just…is. I didn’t even know that it was possible to make a movie with no tone at all. It’s almost an impressive feat.

I think that Breaking Fast is a film that was made with the best of intentions, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired…like a lot. Ah, well. Shit happens.

Language: English, Arabic
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Runtime: 1 hr. 32 min.
Rating: Not Rated

Director: Mike Mosallam
Starring: Haaz Sleiman, Michael Cassidy, Veronica Cartwright, Patrick Sabongui, Aline Elasmar

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