Ain’t Love a Many-Splendoured Thing?
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Oh, the ever-baffling subject of love. Love can be wonderful, or love can be cruel. Love can be frustrating, or love can offer a lifetime of happiness. Love can give us purpose, or its absence can leave us feeling purposeless. We fight to protect those we love, yet we can sometimes feel powerless to help them. This collection of short films captures love in its many manifestations while conveying the complex range of emotions and expressions it elicits.
Dumped by his girlfriend, a young Parisian man, depressed and on the rebound, gets dragged back into the social scene by his best friend, where he finds a potential new love. This low key romance beautifully captures the transient nature of relationships and the dilemma of 20-somethings looking for meaning beyond the party in this modern world.
On a Saturday evening in London, a cab ride carrying party members for a wedding ceremony becomes a struggle for a middle-aged two-time divorcée. Fine performances and a wry script highlight this well-crafted dramatic comedy that hits all the right notes from VIFF alum Alan Powell (Phone Box, 2014, Sunday Punch, 2013).
On the day of their 50th anniversary party, an elderly couple have a problem: they have grown apart over the years and have doubts about a relationship now based only on happy memories. This is a beautiful and intimate examination of the significance of love, passion and commitment, especially in long-term relationships.
In a near future where all antibiotics have failed, a father and his young daughter are quarantined in their house during a lethal pandemic. This powerful tale of parental love against all odds portrays an immanent and intensifying global health crisis, and as demonstrated by the 2003 SARS outbreak in Toronto, a terrifying scenario that is closer than you think.
After being separated for two months, Laura has a tense reunion with her former lover wherein she uses every bit of desperation and coercion to get him to stay. This emotionally charged two-hander is a story of heartbreak centred on a woman who mistakes desire for the need to fill an endless void.
While visiting her daughter, who’s attending school in Paris, an American woman becomes increasingly desperate to locate her on the evening of a terrorist attack. VIFF alumni Alexis Michalik (Grounded, VIFF 14) again demonstrates his mastery at creating tension in a topical, complex piece about a parent’s worst nightmare in a foreign place where you don’t speak the language.
A heartfelt essay about friendship, youth, illness and death, this animated tour-de-force is a tribute to the filmmaker’s closest friend and collaborator, the deceased Dave Herr. Using much of Herr’s design and artwork and their original super 8 experiments as the raw materials, this powerful experimental piece from VIFF alumni Tom Schroeder (Bike Race, 2011) combines many different animation techniques and a dense soundscape to create a revealing portrait of his creative associate of many years.
A Palestinian mother’s family life is shattered when her young son is taken and detained by the Israeli Defense Forces for throwing a stone. This dramatic story of parental love, based on real and ongoing events, powerfully illustrates the personal tragedies that can and do happen from this sort of cruel and inhumane treatment.
Based on the lives of the director’s grandparents, this short documentary contemplates the deep sense of loss that accompanies the death of a loved one. Illustrated with old newsreel and home-movie footage, this is a lovely story of long term love with a real sense of time and place.