The 16-year-old Daniel is a huge long jumping talent who constantly breaks his own records. For Daniel, breaking records is a way for him to keep his dying mother alive. She is in a coma, ...
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The 16-year-old Daniel is a huge long jumping talent who constantly breaks his own records. For Daniel, breaking records is a way for him to keep his dying mother alive. She is in a coma, but Daniel discovers that every time he tells the mother about a new record, she reacts by moving a finger. Unfortunately, Daniel stops being able to beat his own record and at the same time his mother's condition gets worse. Daniel feels that he has part of the blame because he is convinced that the records helps the mother to stay alive. In a desperate attempt to avoid the doctors shutting off his mother's life support, Daniel starts to jump between rooftops. He is convinced that the adrenaline he will get by jumping at great altitude is the extra kick he needs to push his body to new records and hopefully keep his mother alive. Written by
Daniel is a sixteen year old athlete . His mother has suffered a brain hemorrhage and things are looking very bleak as she lies in a coma . There is hope and every time Daniel tells her he has broken his long jump record she reacts by moving her hand . Realising the gap between the high block flats in 9 metres Daniel believes if he breaks the world long jump metre by jumping between the flats his mother will awaken from the coma
Easy to bring out a mawkish manipulative film with the subject matter but director Anders Walter shows us his discipline and his skills in this short film from Denmark . There's no wailing and gnashing of teeth with an army of screeching violins in the background over emphasising the whole gamut of human emotion on offer . The emotion here feels totally earned . I won't go in to details but because of personal experience two years ago this short really struck a chord with me and I felt a real lump in my throat a couple of times . It's not flashy and we get some of a film making technique that has become popular in the last couple of years where the cinematography is often and deliberately out of focus a little bit and music is present and where you notice it without being over come by it . I say this type of directing has become popular but may be I just notice it more because I do actually like it since it sticks out without showing off . It's too easy to show but Walter walks perfectly along the thin line . There's no melodramatics from the performances as the characters face tragedy with dignity and you have no problem believing these are real people living in the real world . The performances are uniformly natural and underplayed with no need to embellish emotion . A simple look can say a thousand words
I just clicked on Anders Walter filmography on this site and seen that he won the best live action short film at this years Oscars with HELIUM featuring another character on their possible death bed . I've not seen that one ( Why are Oscar shorts so difficult to track down ? ) but would be very interested in seeing what Walter could bring to a feature length movie that doesn't contain dying as a theme . Please don't give him a movie featuring comic book heroes though because this is a director who understands human beings rather than explosions and CGI
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