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Helium (2013)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama, Family | 31 January 2014 (USA)
Helium starring Casper Crump, Pelle Falk Krusbæk, and Marijana Jankovic. A young boy Alfred is dying, but through the stories about HELIUM - a magical fantasy world, told by the hospital's eccentric janitor Enzo, Alfred regain the joy and happiness of his life, and finds a safe haven away from daily life.



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... Enzo
... Alfred
... Nurse


The boy Alfred is hospitalized and dying, but through the stories about Helium - a magical fantasy world where people go when the need 'the deep sleep' - told by the hospital's eccentric janitor, Enzo, Alfred regains the joy and happiness of his life and finds a safe haven away from daily life. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Drama | Family


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Гелiй  »

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You can see when the nurse unlocks the door to the ICU that it says "ortopædkirurgisk afdeling". Meaning Orthopedic surgical ward so unless Alfred's got a very dangerous fractured arm he might need to go to an actual ICU. See more »


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Poor boy, rich soul
26 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

The special begins with Anders Walter's "Helium," a Danish short that follows the life of a young boy named Alfred (Pelle Falk Krusbæk), a terminally-ill young boy who is wasting away in a children's hospital. Alfred, however, has his mind temporarily taken off his illness when he meets Enzo (Casper Crump), a janitor who tells him of a place called "Helium," an alternative place to go rather than Heaven. The idea of Heaven is unexciting to Alfred, and the idea of "Helium" even owes itself to the fact that Alfred loves balloons, blimps, and all sort of objects that fly thanks to air. Enzo makes him a red balloon dog, which he informs Alfred will allow the airship that will eventually pick him up to know where he is at and that he wants to go to "Helium" rather than Heaven. This is a tender short, and another one in the Academy Awards' long history of finding and nominating ones that deal with death and the afterlife. Explored in addition to dealing with death and a relationship that is brewed thanks to a poor circumstance is the constant struggle of being a nurse or someone who spends much of their life around sick people and children. You become attached, and with many of these kids, the end is nigh and you also are one that needs to find a way to let go. Aside from some mawkish tendencies and a short that deals a bit too heavily in the cuteness aspect, this is a fine short film. If you have a soft heart, I foresee the last three shots of the film being something of a rough sit.

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