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alwennia
13 people found this review helpful
Jul 12, 2021
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.5

A very soft teenage story about two boys about to graduate

STRONGBERRY is once again back with the good, good queer short films and I, for one, love to see it. This time, we meet two very sweet best friends in the moments just before graduation with all of the things left unsaid that they really want to say before they have to take their first steps in the adult world. The story is simple, perfect for the format and it did not feel like something was missing. It takes very universal topics and conversations (what will happen after we graduate, wanting to tell your best friend you love him and being afraid to say it) and uses its time very well to explore them. It felt very real and very earnest. Haven't we all wanted to say something, especially when it comes to love, and always thought "oh I have time", until you arrive at the fork in the road and you have to decide what to do because it is the last moment to say what you have to say to the other person before you each take your own path? This is a good exploration of just this and I would take a longer show of this, but I am also very appreciative of people who know how to pick the best format for stories and the best stories for the format. This short film made me say "aww, sweeties" aloud and also made me smile my biggest smile because cuties! Bless teenagers!

The actors did a really good job in portraying those two teenagers, they were very believable, and honestly gave me flashbacks.
The production, as for all of Strongberry's short films, is very strong with some nice shots, sound, and music. It really is a pleasure to watch.

If you are looking for the next video to watch during your break, I can only recommend that you watch Strongberry's Pride gift for this year, and check out the very soft and very good "Hold me". It delivers on its premise and promise and gives exactly what I want from a short film.

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Mil
6 people found this review helpful
Jul 18, 2021
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 5.5
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A cute short, but nothing innovative.

It's a simple but cute short where we see the attraction between two schoolmates who are about to graduate and can't control their emotions anymore so they end up confessing what they feel.

As I said, the short is simple, in terms of acting it is fine, but we don't have much time to explore his work, although the dialogues are well constructed and the characters feel natural, like true teenagers who are living a first love, if you have read manhwa BL the spirit of confession is very the style.

The production is also well done, the photography and the direction are good and although it is not a production or a story that blows your head or anything like that, it is still beautiful.

I also want to mention, but without any intention of offending anyone, that it was a pleasant surprise to see the inclusion of an actor other than the typical Korean boy that we are used to seeing in entertainment productions, and do not get me wrong, I find it very cute , but it is not the usual beauty canon and I would like to see more and more productions that do this.

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sadpigeon
2 people found this review helpful
Sep 15, 2022
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 10
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Sweet, Sweet, Sweet!

So short, yet so amazing. I love this one with all my heart. Though it's only about 8 minutes long, that didn’t stop me from falling in love with it. Yeon Ho and Jae Min are both adorable characters, you could feel and see immediately that they like each other but are too insecure to confess (a problem many teens have when experiencing their first love). The moment they finally kiss is heartfelt and absolutely adorable.
The height and body differences are what I liked most since it's something different. As a chubby person myself, I enjoyed seeing this change. :)
I wish it was an entire series, it surely deserves it!

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Chatriel
2 people found this review helpful
Jun 28, 2022
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 5.0

Adorable!

That was adorable!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTa92oDTLqA
for anyone looking for it.

And why do I need 500 characters when I just want to say that it was adorable???

Anyhow....I loved it. It was such a cute "short." My numbers do not average a 10, but I gave it a 10 anyway, because "music" is not really much needed in something this short, and it doesn't really have much "rewatch" value, but it was worth it. And, who knows, I might actually rewatch this for the feel-good value. I loved that the actors portrayed their characters so well that there was no cringe, at least for me.

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boozles
2 people found this review helpful
May 13, 2023
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0

In Strongberry we trust indeed!

As always, thoughts and opinions are all my own and not intended to offend anyone :) (let's be honest, this is just me rambling)

This was so adorable. As always, I'm sad it was a short and not an actual series, but it was a gorgeous little look into a budding relationship between two boys with secret feelings for one another. The acting was fantastic, and the set up/execution was just so natural.

Both leads felt very comfortable, if that makes sense? They seemed at ease and even though the film is so short, they made it feel real and relatable. I would love to see these two together again, in something longer.

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Erika
1 people found this review helpful
Oct 20, 2021
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 5.5
Rewatch Value 9.5

Cute feel good story

It was so cute. I haven't stopped thinking about it since I seen it. It makes me so happy. Their height difference is cute. The characters felt like actually people. It felt natural. It was amazing. I hope to get more backstory and something about their future. Honestly they are both so cute I hug want to give them a hug. Strongberry is always making the best queer shows. It is so nice to see representation that isn't about homophobia or coming out. I like those stories to, but this was such a feel good film. I'm in love with it.
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