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

Oscar-nominated Live-Action Shorts

After Meow Wolf on Saturday, Kitty and I were both pretty wiped out, but we decided that we should probably see the last installment of the Oscar-nominated shorts because we might not get to them on Sunday. This turned out to be a great move because Quentin and his traveling companions came over for dinner on Sunday and we wouldn't have been able to go to the movies. So here are the nominees for live-action shorts:

"Ennemis Interieurs" - An Algerian national applies for French citizenship and is interrogated as a terrorist. I really liked this film for its political punch. It really made me think about how the "war on terror" is very comparable to the "Red Scare" of the 50's and 60's. Just exchange the words "Communist" for "Terrorist" and you'll see that not much has changed. It probably won't win because it's a "talking head" movie with just 2 main protagonists.

"Le Femme et le TGV" - It gets points for having a train (spoo!) but the love story about a woman who waves at trains and the engineer who starts a friendship with her falls flat toward the end. It was a nice little movie, though.

"Silent Nights" - I really didn't like this movie. I really didn't care about any of the main characters. A Danish volunteer falls in love with a homeless African refugee. She then finds out that he has a wife and family back in Africa. Her mother is a racist alcoholic. He goes back to Africa, her mother dies, and she ends up having his bastard child. Fun!

"Sing" - No. It's not about a bunch of singing animals. *lol* A little girl wants to sing in the school choir, but the teacher doesn't want her since the girl is not that good but the teacher wants to win fame for the school by having the best choir. The children find out about her evil plot, however, and get the last laugh against her. A good candidate to win since it was a well-told, charming story.

"Timecode" - Probably the most original of the nominees and possibly a winner. The tale of 2 late-night parking lot attendants who love to dance and share their moves with each other courtesy of the lot's security cameras. Just a fun little movie.
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