A short comedy by Mike Leigh about the romance between a young woman and a man who communicates only through jokes and humor. The story is told as a series of very short vignettes between ... See full summary »
Sylvestra Le Touzel,
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
It's the Christmas season. With her mom's help, Lynne, a girl of perhaps eight, dresses up; her younger brother Steven plays with a toy car. The children leave with their dad, who's ... See full summary »
Lynne Ramsay Jr.,
In a ratty flat, a man is on his hands and knees, holding a shoe by its toe, trying to kill a bug of some sort that so far has managed to evade him. He keeps up the chase and whacks at it a... See full summary »
The morning after the night before, a rapid spiral of disastrous telephone calls chart the certain ruin of young Phil's day as he attempts to fib his way out of one scrape after another. Told entirely in animated captions.
In 1939 Gracie Fields, the 'Queen of Hearts', is at the height of her success as a singer and actress and the whole nation seems to wish her a speedy recovery from cervical cancer. When ... See full summary »
Profound, endearing, and ultimately shocking and very sad.
A film short that leaves a lasting impression. Initially about a teenage girl who narrates her story through what seems like a typically naive philosophy on life, still holding onto the dreams of childhood while experiencing the transition into the stark realisation of adulthood and the first understanding of disappointment. It manages to instill a feeling of charm and endearment while depicting the neo-realistic impressions of inner-city hardships. But gradually through the narrative we get a darker feeling that something is not as innocent as we think. The dénouement is profound and shocking, as unexpected as it is sad.
Like a good short story should be, this shows us enough of a window into a life that we come away knowing the young girl's life story, and we can hazard a guess as to her future. Hemingway's maxim that you only need show ten-percent of the whole story rings true. This film deserved to win awards; the direction and camera-work are superb, the script and acting extraordinarily good. Quite easily one of the best short films I've ever seen.
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