The short is based on personal events that transpired last year during a routine trip to the filmmaker's dermatologist.
According to Johnson, what was expected to be an uneventful visit to have a mole removed ultimately devolved into a disconcerting encounter with a "youth obsessed doctor" who almost instantly, to his patient's dismay, expressed a different aesthetic priority.
Johnson portrays patient Amelia in LINES and stars alongside the always-entertaining Enrico Colantoni, who is fabulously cast as the infamous doctor.
Colantoni, best known for his work on Just Shoot Me!, Veronica Mars, and Flashpoint, effortlessly captures the true essence of a vanity-centric dermatologist, simultaneously charming and unctuous.
Ingrid Kavelaars, who plays the doctor’s like-minded and tangibly hollow nurse, lends an excellent and purposeful air of shallow creepiness to the film’s central patient examination scene.
In a sequence of meaningful and comical exchanges between patient and doctor, two distinct perspectives on the beauty of aging and embracing the lines that linger with distinction upon one’s face with age are expressed by the actors, who deliver brief but masterful performances in LINES.
A poignant and culturally-relevant idea brought to life on film through an exceedingly impactful use of symbolism and dialogue, Johnson’s script strikes a resonant chord, creating a situation that is grounded and easy to imagine playing out a thousand times a day at medical offices around the world.
LINES is a film that contains all the essential ingredients of a great short. And of the 76 we’ve reviewed in 2013, the year was clearly reserving the best for last.
LINES earns the highest marks of any short film Entertainment Examiner has screened this year.