A story about unrequited love, focused on a lonely scientist who toils away in a sperm bank.

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An entertaining little short although perhaps not strong enough for repeat viewings
12 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A rather scruffy man works as a lab technician in a sperm bank. Other than a pleasure in his work his only other passion seems to be a secret longing for the woman that works in a similar function at the clinic where he delivers the sperm samples.

This is a rather strange film that doesn't seem to settle easily on one style and indeed surprised me by the direction it did eventually take. It opens with a basic comedy montage of men masturbating which I found amusing but did make me wonder what the rest of the film was going to be like. After this we get into the Banker a little bit and realise he has a longing for this woman, leading me to believe that this desire would be the focus of the film. And of course it was but not in the way I had expected and I was quite taken with the conclusion to the film and the way that director Dalton revealed it.

As writer I think she could have done more to strengthen this clever idea and indeed the opening montage did smack of filler rather than substance. However she does do the job and it was a minor issue. Erstwhile Tony Blair, Michael Sheen does a good job of being geeky and a little bit creepy in the title role and he does make the end work well by virtue of his performance. Not a perfect short film then and not one with the depth to make for repeat viewings but still an entertaining and quite clever affair that is worth a look.


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