Boy Meets Girl (1994)
By: J.R. McNamara on September 13, 2005  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
DVD
Region 4, NTSC. 4:3. English DD 2.0. Siren Visual Entertainment (Australia). 89 minutes
The Movie
Credits
Director: Ray Brady
Starring: Tim Poole Danielle Sanderson, Margot Steinberg, Nathalie Khanna, Georgina Whitbourne, Ray Brady, Myuki Smith Khanna, Susan Warren.
Screenplay: Ray Brady, Jim Crosby
Country: UK
I have to start this review by saying that I object to duplicitous Video and DVD cover art. There is a blurb on the cover of the DVD of Boy Meets Girl that states 'Winner, Best Director, Silver Sprocket Film Festival Florida 2002'. Yes, Director Ray Brady did win this award but no, not for this film, he won that award for his 2001 film Love Life (a.k.a. Daddy). This film, Boy Meets Girl, was made in 1994, and was nominated for Best Film at Fantasporto in 1995, but did not bring home the award. Also the cover claims the film is '93 mins', wrong, the features runs for 89 minutes.

Boy Meets Girl starts with a young man, Tevin (Tim Poole) meeting a lovely French girl at a bar, they goes back to her place, have a few drinks, watch some porn and she drugs him. When he wakes up, he finds that she has tied him in a soundproofed room to a dentists chair, and with her accomplice, proceed in torturing him. Why? Only time will tell...

Probably one of the more realistic portrayals of the killer's psyche ever filmed with its examples of sexual politics, the relationship between antagonist and protagonist, and the subtle degradation of victim and perpetrator. Not your standard serial killer fare with it's evolving relationship between hunter and prey, however I did find the ultimate reason for the constant persecution to be unsatisfying, and a bit contrived.

Video
Video quality of Boy Meets Girl is in credibly poor. Too dark and very indistinct, I found this movie not only incredibly difficult to watch, but at times visually hard to comprehend. Some camera shots that were no doubt meant to be clever are somewhat lost. The package claims 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, but 4:3 is what we get.
Audio
The Dolby Digital AC3 Stereo soundtrack is average, and occasionally drops below even that level. Also, all the sound is slightly out of sync with the vision, which is quite frustrating.
Extra Features

The director's commentary with Ray Brady is full of the usual anecdotes of the various members of cast and crew. This is a thorough commentary where he justifies some cinematic decisions about how this film was more of a discussion of violence in the media, and its effect on the human mind, rather than just another serial killer film.

I found I had a better appreciation of Boy Meets Girl after listening to Brady's commentary.

The Rehearsal Comparison is quite interesting. It shows the footage of a few scenes with the final finished picture in a small box on the screen to show how the acting evolved into the final scenes. The forgetting of lines and giggling between the actors and the sound of a frustrated director are good fun.

The Photo Gallery is a series of shots taken during the filming of a few of the scenes.

The Trailers section has trailers of: Boy Meets Girl, Junk, Evil Dead Trap 2 and Flower of Flesh and Blood.

The DVD-Rom only section of the disc is supposed to have a copy of the script in Adobe Acrobat format. I used my search icon in Windows to find it, but to no avail.

The Verdict
The script is full of clichés and is quite repetitious but well acted despite all of this. The minimalist setting and lighting make the film claustrophobic and add to the unsettling nature but at the end, I realized that I just didn't care about the characters. Ray Brady's direction and long single shots are impressive, but let down by a shoddy disc. Boy Meets Girl is not completely without merit, but the quality of the disc would have to be improved before it received a nod of approval.
Movie Score
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