Trevor is the first short movie I watched – I really mean literally the first one. That type of movie – which last for only about twenty minutes — was not familiar to me. The introductory announcement at beginning of the movie was very good – actually as good as the movie itself. I think that many people do need such positive encouragements more often. Here is the place to mention that Ellen DeGeneres introduces the film by saying that understanding what this film is about will help the viewer understand what it feels like to not be a part of everything. She goes on explaining that the film is for everyone who ever felt awkward or embarrassed at being excluded.
The movie itself was well made as well – especially its soundtrack – mainly Diana Ross – but there is so much more to the film than just that. The storyline follows a young 14-year-old boy called Trevor (Brett Barsky) who tries to make sense of his life and his surroundings. He feels different than the rest in his life – not really fitting into the picture – living with his inattentive folks in suburbia. The story is told in the first person by Trevor – as he narrates the words he writes in his personal journal. Trevor has a charming personality – he is artistic, smart – likes his life and wonders why anyone would think that he is strange. After all what’s so strange about being himself ?
Due to the manner in which the story is told, the viewer is able to quickly quickly associate with the young Trevor and get a glimpse of the world through his eyes. Trevor is a film for each of us – a film for youthful confusion, for acceptance and individualism. If you have 20 minutes to spare – they will be best spent in watching this wonderful short film.
The short film Trevor, directed by Peggy Rajski, is a winner of several awards. Among them: an Oscar in 1994 for Best Short Film, Live Action and received first places at the Berlin International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.
If you liked the review of Trevor — or have seen the film and would like to see a similarly themed short film, but with a different twist — theskykid.com highly recommends the short feature James, starring Connor Clements. You can find a review of that film and a short interview with its director on theskykid.com by following the link below: