By David Dent
I liked this short, made by a Canadian based British Columbia company.
Hannah is a 23 year old girl, living in New Caledonia (modern day Western Canada) in 1845.
Chided for not yet having taken a husband by her brother, and worse – for being plain – her plight is made even more difficult by the fact that she has been sleeping with his wife.
Wishing that things could be different, the devil appears in the form of a dog, who offers Hannah a deal. Being the devil that deal is of course complicated, and by the time she has shed her blood as a pact, she realises too late what she has done.
The Devil and I is a spirited short film, underpinned by some playful performances and a folky score, but at its heart it’s a classic ‘be careful what you wish for story’ with an O.
Henry conclusion, some on point feminist politics and clever low budget effects.