A disconnected young woman buys a used car, in which she find items that provide her with the chance to communicate with a world she once feared.

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Jane, an awkward young woman, buys a second hand car. Over the coming days, one by one she discovers items left in the car. There seems to be a theme developing in her discoveries: a Swedish landscapes book, then a Swedish language speaking CD and all in her new Saab. For introverted Jane, these seemingly coincidental discoveries provide an opportunity to create a fantasy world less hostile to the one she lives in. As her confidence and Swedish vocabulary grow, she starts to gain confidence she never had before. Finally she decides to step out of the sheltered life she has been confined to and venture into a new and brighter world. Armed with an appreciation of Swedish design, a slim grasp of basic conversational Swedish and a belief that this was meant to be, she begins to break out of her shell engage with people and the world in a way she has avoided her whole life, but not everything turns out the way she planned. Written by David Forster

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Hope is the same in any language

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28 April 2010 (USA)  »

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AUD 32,000 (estimated)
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Mesmerizing
24 June 2016 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This short is one of those short films that makes you forget about anything else for its 18 minute duration. Everything you see is a snapshot reflection of how the introverted Jane sees the world, her struggle with a hinted anxiety and OCD. Her home is as bland as it is safe, and you get the feeling that she will go through her whole life not experiencing the world outside her home, but this all changes when she buys a new car.

Almost everything about this new car seems to topple her whole universe, but instead of it being scared by it Jane seems to embrace it. What she learns about Sweden becomes a conduit for her to reach out into world that she's been peeking at through closed blinds and she sees a whole new existence come into view.

I can strongly recommend this short film if you have 18 minutes of your day to spare!


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