Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
Struggling to cope with the recent death of his mother, young Jake Tyler retreats from his family and the world at large. After being involved in a violent fight with some older boys at school, he winds up in the principal's office with his father who is told that Jake might benefit from professional help. Unfortunately, Jake's father has been unable to help himself through the loss of his wife. When not neglecting his son and daughter as a result, he's furious with them. Jesse (Jake's sister) is so fed up with her selfish father that she moves out of the house but not without leaving her pet ferret, Jasper, to keep her brother company. Jake & Jasper become fast friends as the two develop a strong bond. Yet just as this companionship seems on the verge of prying Jake from his shell, his father threatens to take Jasper away. With the thought of losing his best pal, Jake decides to run away from home and the two get lost in a nearby forest. Then when darkness falls Jake & Jasper not ... Written by
I found this movie to be extremely heartfelt and the beginning of a possibly full length movie. The struggles to deal with the death of the mother, the attempted breaking of bonds between father and daughter, and the creation of bonds between boy and ferret are heartwarming and leave the viewer with a sense of goodness and fulfilment. Considering the fact that the movie was a short film, a few small issues must be over looked regarding the deflation of certain scenes, but this is totally understandable. I am a ferret owner (Ferrent), and fell in love with the concept of the creation of this film as a Ferrent. But, I found that though Jasper (Falcor) plays an extremely important role in the film, as with Jake (Connor). It is not really the characters themselves that project the story, it is the story itself that projects itself. Yes, I realize that that may sound confusing, but it is as Marshall McLuhan states "The medium is the message". 4 paws way up everyone!
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