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The Deadness of Dad (1997)

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Dad / Uncle Dai
Paul Jones ...
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Lisa Palfrey ...
Mam
Menna Trussler ...
Powdery Old Woman
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Frankenstein; a dead man's twin and five spoons of sugar combine to help a small boy cope with bereavement.
30 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This short film is a masterclass in casting; in showing-not-telling, and in finding the exact visual image to convey the emotional state of its characters.The concept - a child seeking proof that his recently dead father's twin is really his own father returned to life - is original and clever. The sparse dialogue never drives the story, comedy and sadness are artfully intermingled, and the film has a huge emotional heart (so often lacking in short film). I can't see anyone left unmoved when the child finally accepts his bereavement and moves on with his life. I've been using it to teach short film at degree level for ten years, and I've seen many, many shorts. I rate it as one of the best I've encountered. It well deserved the BAFTA it got.


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