What would you do if the person you have loved and cared for, for the past 50 years, suddenly wasn’t there any more? Would you cry – just break down in tears and cry? Would you scream, and call for help? Would you perhaps phone an ambulance, just accept the situation as best you can, grieve certainly, but just try to carry on? Or, would you reject reality, refuse to accept that person is gone? Certainly, any of these reactions is understandable, and I don’t think anyone can argue which is the most ‘correct’; but this short follows a man who takes the latter path.
In all honesty, I don’t quite know what to say, this is a simply beautiful, but heart-wrenching piece of cinema. I really wish that I could be more objective and say something like, ‘the shots were badly framed at times’, or ‘the subject is cliched’, but that would just be out of pedantry.
I mean… okay, no it wouldn’t, after all no film is perfect and I didn’t just pick those points out of the air; I DID feel that the shots were badly framed at times (especially within the first few shots), and I DO think the subject of lost love is horribly cliche, but I also don’t think it matters here. The film is so beautiful in spite of any technical flaws that you barely notice them, and the subject is approached in such a unique way that it feels… somehow fresher, I think is probably the best way to describe it. Besides, even if you really have a problem with the subject matter, the film’s a ten-minute short, so there’s no time for it to get dull or complacent, unlike most other modern drama/romance’s.
(The use of an older couple to portray the loss, also made the film a whole lot more emotional; when a young couple is used in this type of situation, it’s sad that one of the pair die, of course, but in the case of an older couple there’s also an entire history to add to that feeling of loss.)
As already stated, I have vague issues with the framing and lighting that I’d be willing to overlook, because everything else was simply perfect. This is such an endearing story, and there’s some truly wonderful acting from Bain Boehike, from the moment he realizes his wife is gone, to the moment he tells her how happy she’s made him for the past fifty-years and throughout really. This is just a definite must-see!
Hank is a simple man, he has spent the last fifty years of his life with his loving wife Maria. He is unaccustomed to change and set in his routines. On the day of his fiftieth wedding anniversary Hank arrives home to find that his beloved Maria has passed away. Unable to process the situation Hank falls into his daily routines. A phone call from his daughter reminds Hank of the anniversary and he is determined to have one last perfect day with Maria. At dinner Hank comes to the realization that this behavior cannot continue forever and that it is time to say goodbye to his partner.