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The Independent Critic

Written and Directed by
J.R. Burningham
Darin Singleton, P.J. Marshall
Running Time
12 Mins.

 "The Lost Journal of Vice Marqeaux" Review 
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"The Lost Journal of Vice Marceaux" is, without a doubt, this week's most ambitious short film. Clocking in at 15 minutes, the film is a remarkably intelligent film written and directed by J.R. Burningham. Inspired by a true story, "The Lost Journal of Vice Marceaux" is a period piece set in the late 1800's about a physician whose faith is destroyed when he loses his entire family during a small pox epidemic. As the epidemic continues, the physician eventually makes a startling discovery that may, in fact, prove scientifically the existence of God.

Great effort is made to give "The Lost Journal of Vice Marceaux" a strong period feel from production design to costuming to dialogue. Yet, I couldn't erase the feeling that the entire production felt very theatrical in presentation and I often felt as if I were observing a stage play rather than a short film.

Darin Singleton is strong enough as the physician in question, however, P.J. Marshall felt a bit less convincing with the period dialogue.

One must admire Burningham's ambitious filmmaking, particularly his attention to detail and design.