First impressions are vital in person and on screen. Bailey Kobe’s The Caterpillar’s Kimono makes a stunning debut. Creative visuals and well-integrated music help drive this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story, Babylon Revisited. This 92-minute drama echoes in the minds of viewers and makes them question the persistence of the past and the nature of humanity.
After the death of his wife, Helen (Julie McNiven), Charlie (Joey Kern) swims against the current of his past, to prove that can care for his daughter, Norah (Hailey Sole). Marion (Mary Catherine Garrison), his wife’s sister, holds Charlie partially responsible for Helen’s death. The ambiguity surrounding Helens death stems from the subjectivity of memories. Marion and Charlie remember Helen differently but Kobe addresses both of their perspectives and illustrates the beautiful ambiguity of the past.
The film’s narrative unfolds against modern-day Las Vegas. Aside from showing that themes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story are still relevant, Las Vegas provides a stunning visual montage. The inauthenticity of the city provides an ideal backdrop for a story about a man caught in the iron grip of his past.
Among a cast plucked from the best of indie film, television, Broadway and the Internet, the film features Ben Savage, star of ABC’s Boy Meets World, and this season’s most anticipated new television series, Girl Meets World, who plays a father for the very first time in The Caterpillar’s Kimono.
The Caterpillar’s Kimono takes on a timeless and, at times, disorienting quality. Kobe contrasts sharp and blurred images to set the tone of dramatic scenes and highlight important moments. Another vital aspect of the cinematography is the interplay between light and dark. In close-ups, Kobe uses varying amounts of light to project emotions onto his characters and give insight into their thoughts. Kobe matches the shadows and brightness with varied camera angles and disorienting per