Indie video games, priced from $10-20 on WiiWare, Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, don’t generate Halo money, but a top-seller can still make its creators multi-millionaires in a matter of weeks after launch.
First time director Minh Duc Nguyen (UC Berkeley) employs an affectionate eye towards these characters. Often it’s what’s left unsaid that matters most; his lens is patient, allowing us to get up close, sometimes painfully so.
Teddy Bear is one of those rare films that can tell a story by letting the camera relax and observe. Like the development of the story, there is no rush to cut quickly between scenes, or break into a MTV-style sequence.