Short Film Showcase #7

Detour (2017)
Written & Directed by Michel Gondry

There is nothing wholly unique about this short compared to Gondry’s other work, its another foray into whimsy and visually comedy. A little girl and her family go on vacation to the countryside. Her favorite tricycle falls off the back of the van and begins an odyssey to return to the child. Gondry plays with expectations and perspectives in little bits here & there, resulting in a heartwarming story. This feels very much like a Pixar-style tale, in particular, the Toy Story films.

I’m Here (2010)
Written & Directed by Spike Jonze

Jonze explores a parallel world where entirely emotional robots exist, looking like PC towers and contemporary computer parts. They exist as a second class group, not allowed to drive cars, for example. A male robot meets a female robot and feels a connection, something rare in the unfriendly world he lives in. It’s a strange story, which is to expected from Jonze, and very effective. The music is a particular highlight, helping to underline the twee melancholy felt by the characters.

The Fall (2019)
Written & Directed by Jonathan Glazer

Glazer hasn’t released a film since 2013’s Under the Skin. He has a new feature coming out in 2020 from A24 that is reportedly about the Holocaust. In the meantime, this unsettling short film dropped. Without warning, Glazer put “The Fall” online, a short about a man being pursued by masked maniacs. He’s dropped down a seemingly endless well, and when they are satisfied, they leave. It’s something that must be seen. Glazer has said he was inspired to make the short when he saw a photograph of the Trump fail sons grinning over a leopard they murdered while on safari. I also assume some of his research about fascism and the Holocaust helped create these unsettling images.
The Fall is available to stream here.

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