Charles Lim’s “One Day I Forgot and Used My Hands” is one of the weakest short films at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. An experimental piece that features consistently blurry images, even its run time of four minutes is too much.
While Lim should be commended in some way for simply thinking of using his hands as an actual lens on the camera, instead of the lens itself, the end result is haphazard and hard to follow.
The biggest problem is nothing is ever seen fully. Faces and moving objects come into sight from time to time, but you can never make anything out fully. Obviously, this is part of the experiment, but what it does is produce a shaky picture that makes the viewer nauseous, instead of entertained. The lack of a decent music track behind it all hurts the short as well.
In the end, you’ll wonder when it’s all going to be over.
However, there is a beauty to the purity of the shooting, especially with the way the colors are interpreted through the hands. For that aspect alone, the film is interesting, but the overall execution is far too lacking to make it enjoyable.