On a common night like any other, a solitary woman suddenly hears a muffled but nonetheless alarming sound coming from a plain wooden family chest. Will she confront face-to-face whatever hides inside?
Moving although probably needs you to be there on your own already more or less
I heard about this short film in a thread on Reddit which was "what documentary emotionally impacted you the most" or something like that (probably something better, I'm terrible with titles even when all I'm doing is remembering them). Anyway, I gave it a go not because I wanted to see if it impacted me, but just because quite a few people said it was good. I don't completely agree but it is hard for me to judge it because it did work on me. Essentially the film is a man putting his dog down, which he does after some moments of narration of a bicycle ride in the rain while soft reflective music plays under him before we see the act itself.
It is hard to be objective because, like many who will watch this short and be moved by it, I not only have pets with whom I have a close relationship, but I also have had to put one of those pets down and have been in a similar situation of being there in contact as it happened. It was in my mid-teens and I was probably not prepared for it, so it does stay with you. As a result these memories have an impact as I watch this. The film itself is a bit straightforward and the impact could have been the all but just about it manages to avoid this. The clear narration and the nice (if slightly corny) shots of the owner cycling in the rain helped it feel more than it was while the music (again fitting the film) was effective but not so obvious that it was exploitative.
A moving short film then, but I think it would offer very little to those that have no connection to the situation or to a pet because it does seem to be most effective with those already meeting it there. Professionally made but in the cold light of day a bit too straightforward even if it is moving.
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