Just One Drink

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Just One Drink
Just One Drink Poster.jpg
Directed byAndrew de Burgh
Produced byAndrew de Burgh
Esther Washington
Written byAndrew de Burgh
StarringBarbara Nedeljakova
Andrew de Burgh
Isaac Anderson
Music byScott Jeffry Holmes
CinematographyLuca Mercuri
Edited byJason Christopher
Distributed byShortsTV
Release date
Running time
19 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Just One Drink is a short psychological thriller film written, produced and directed by Andrew de Burgh, who also stars opposite Barbara Nedeljakova. It premiered at the 2015 Chinese American Film Festival.[1] The film received critical acclaim. It holds a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

Plot[edit]

In a dimly lit basement, a masked surgeon examines a bloody carving fork. Steve Pintolivo (Andrew de Burgh), a recent university graduate, receives a Facebook message from a beautiful woman named Tamara Nolan (Barbara Nedeljakova) inviting him to her Hollywood apartment for a New Year's Eve party.

Over some Colombian marijuana the next day, Steve and his former classmate Derek Urden (Isaac Anderson) discuss a variety of topics including the possible evolution of man and a former right hand man of Josef Stalin who recently spoke to Derek's religion class about his conversion to Christianity. When the topic of Stalin's underling comes up, Steve quickly changes the subject to Tamara and the invite. They decide to go to the party but when they arrive, only Tamara is there. However, the two young men soon fall for her charm and are tricked into drinking a cocktail laced with a very powerful sedative that knocks them out within seconds.

When they wake up, Steve and Derek find themselves in a dark basement strapped to an operating table and chair, respectively. Tamara casually walks in holding a syringe and injects Derek with a colorless liquid, killing him instantly. She mentions to Steve that an old man used to live there. A flashback to one year prior and Steve, dressed in a trench coat and holding a knife in his hand, sits on his bed berating Andrei Dzagoev (Harwood Gordon), a former underling of Stalin for murdering his grandfather Ruslan Voronin, a rebel leader, in the Second World War.

Back in the present, Tamara explains that Andrei was her husband and the only man who ever truly loved her. She proceeds to put on surgeon scrubs, then stabs Steve with a carving fork, murdering him. Later that night, Tamara sits in her car, texts a friend, then drives away.[3]

Cast[edit]

  • Barbara Nedeljakova as Tamara Nolan
  • Andrew de Burgh as Steve Pintolivo
  • Isaac Anderson as Derek Urden
  • Harwood Gordon as Andrei Dzagoev

Marketing[edit]

A theatrical trailer was released on March 25, 2015.[4] A short story version was released on February 28, 2017.[5]

Reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an approval rating of 100%, based on 5 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. Starburst Magazine film critic Ryan Pollard gave the film a 7 out of 10 and noted that the film "succeeds in putting a new spin on the revenge genre by managing to be effective and atmospheric for the most part, and getting the best out of Barbara Nedeljakova."[6] Felix Vasquez of Cinema Crazed commended the film, stating "Director de Burgh is very good at delivering the gut punch with a surprise twist that unfolds within a twist. He shows a real knack for building suspense and keeping ambiguity a priority in unfolding his narrative. The performances really help “Just One Drink” packing some really great turns, including from Nedeljakova, who presents dimensions that she manages to convey in only eighteen minutes."[7] Dennis Schwartz of Ozus' World Movie Reviews gave the film a B- and noted that "The knockout film is too short to do more than provide a fine eerie atmosphere for its femme fatale story."[8] Staci Layne Wilson of Dread Central praised the film, stating that "The short is well-acted, the dialogue is up to par, here’s gore galore, and it’s intriguing enough to turn into a feature."[9] Anton Bitel of Eye For Film gave the film a three and a half out of five and commended the film's "involving narrative structure."[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Just One Drink" at the 2015 Chinese American Film Festival. [1]
  2. ^ Just One Drink at Rotten Tomatoes. [2]
  3. ^ "Just One Drink", Facebook, retrieved 23 January 2016
  4. ^ "Just One Drink Official Trailer (2015) - Barbara Nedeljakova, Andrew de Burgh Movie HD". YouTube. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  5. ^ "Just One Drink: Based on the critically acclaimed short film". Amazon. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  6. ^ Ryan Pollard, Starburst Magazine Just One Drink (Short Film) Review
  7. ^ Felix Vasquez, Cinema Crazed Just One Drink (2016) Review
  8. ^ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews Just One Drink Movie Review
  9. ^ Staci Layne Wilson, Dread Central Just One Drink (Short) Review
  10. ^ Anton Bitel, Eye For Film Just One Drink (2015) Movie Review

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