Short Film Review: In Their Absence

In Their Absence by Tina Cesa Ward

Tina Cesa Ward made “In Their Absence” in 2004, before she became known for some of the best web series out there today: Anyone But Me, Good People In Love and Producing Juliet.

This short film  is about two women who fall in love during WWII.  It takes place in a smoke filled club that’s populated by women since the men are at war.

No words are spoken throughout the 8:20m, but the music, the period atmosphere and the expressions on the women’s faces when they find out WWII is over, don’t need words.

In Their Absence is a very nuanced film that left me feeling sad on the one hand and glad on the other that we live in the time that we do.