In 2013, Pauline embarked on her first venture in writing, directing and producing with her first film Through The Pane, a sweet, romantic black and white silent film starring herself and Louis Ferreira.
The film went on to screen all over the world and won awards at 7 film festival, as well as received a 9 out of 10 star review from the Montreal World Film Festival.
Montreal World Film Festival, Film Night Review
Surely the most inventive and creative short of the programme, Pauline Egan’s sweet black-and-white short is a true enjoyment of subtle filmmaking. Undoubtedly inspired by the 2011 breakout hit The Artist, Pauline Egan (who shares a striking resemblance to The Artist’s female star Bérénice Bejo) crafts a gorgeously shot and executed short full of surprises, laughs, tears and concentrated cinematic joy.
When Annabelle (Egan) finds herself, like any other day, by her piano, focused on the bittersweet melodies of her past as she looks past a picture of her and an ex-lover, she notices Lewis (Louis Ferreira), a painter, staring at her through the pane in the building across from her. As they exchange innocent smiles to one another, Lewis begins a silent, romantic dialogue of clever and heartwarming words to Annabelle, who is quick to respond. As the two share trivial information about each other, the two share in window dates through breakfast and dinner, that leads to harsh truths about their pasts and the demons each one of them face beyond the harmless pane of glass.
Egan’s film is a true gem. While the two protagonists share a romance without words and solely with the expressions on their faces, the two actors truly make you fall in love with each of their characters, as well as the idea that true love, as whimsical as it could be, could happen in the most mundane places. The two, in a very short time, show the hardships people face in relationships through differences of personalities, the limitations of the body and the true nature of human beings and love itself. Through the Pane was sure to be my favourite short of the festival. A short that asks important questions about the limitations and will of happiness, the reflective commentary on our ability to strive for happiness despite our own, personal disabilities and most importantly, the desire to go out there and be vulnerable, all in the name of love.