The IMDB entry for Paul Laight’s short film Tolerance refers to it as a short and a thriller with no mention of comedy. I hope this was an oversight as this film has some humorous dialogue that I can’t imagine it being unintentional. Which is not to say it isn’t a thriller, the suspense is there as well. It’s just shot through with some wonderfully dark laughs.
Tolerance begins with Sadie (Georgia Kerr) setting the table and uncorking the wine to let it breathe. Then adding something to it to make sure the person who drinks it won’t breathe much longer. It seems her ex, Stephen (Patrick Tolan) is coming over for dinner. He wants forgiveness. She wants something else entirely.
The suspense revolves around two things. Will he drink the wine? And why does she want him dead? We know they broke up after she caught him in bed with the cleaning lady. The fact she was 52 doesn’t help his case any. But surely cheating, even with a GILF, doesn’t warrant the death penalty?
Laight keeps a nice balance between suspense and humour throughout Tolerance. Stephen keeps digging himself in deeper every time he opens his mouth and fails to realize it. And the whole time we know what’s in the glass and wait to see if he drinks it.
Obviously I’m not going to spoil it. So, if you want to know what happens you can watch Tolerance for your self on YouTube. You can find more details and more of the director’s films at the Fix Films website.