Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
Sabot L'ours

Best Live-Action Short

As promised in yesterday's post, Kitty and I hit the local art house cinema to see the nominations for this year's Best Live-Action Short. This is probably one of the more obscure categories since so few people get to actually see these movies. There are obscure categories like Best Sound Editing, but the movies that are nominated are usually big-budget flicks that everyone has seen. It might even be hard to find these movies in their entirety on YouTube since they are 15-30 minutes long. Unlike last week I won't post the trailers like I did for the Animated Shorts.

There were 5 films that were shown. Each was amazing in that the director managed to build plot and character development in such a short amount of time. Each was a gem of movie making and story telling. It was hard to pick a favorite. Here are the 5.

"The Confession" -UK- A boy is facing his first confession in church and is afraid he has no sins to confess. Through a series of tragic circumstances he causes the death of 2 people. Will he confess to his deeds? Great story!

"The Crush" -Ireland- Probably my least favorite of the 5, but still very entertaining. What happens when a young schoolboy falls in love with his teacher, but she announces that she is getting married? I just thought the plot and characters were a little over-the-top, but the story was pretty amusing.

"Na Wewe" -Belgium- This was my favorite. A minibus full of passengers in Burundi gets pulled over by Hutu rebels. Who will live and who will die? It was like a short version of "Hotel Rwanda." Very well done.

"Wish 143" -UK- I would put this one in the lead to win. It's the story of a teenage boy dying of cancer. When asked by a Make-a-wish-like organization what his last wish is, he asks to lose his virginity. A very poignant tale with humor, sadness, and hope all wrapped up in one short movie.

"God of Love" -US- A funny take on a modern-day Cupid. A quirky black-and-white film which was heavy on style with an amusing plot of a jazz-singing nerd looking for love.
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