22 September 2019 | bob the moo
Didn't really connect for me, but I enjoyed the classic sci-fi vibe
A robot wakes up in a scrapyard and starts the long walk back to its owner. The owner meanwhile is less than happy to see its return.
This short film runs longer than it really can bear, although this is part of its appeal. The plot is pretty light in terms of incident, but it offers some interest in the nature of the relationship at its core; one of the "couple" is happy ignoring the tension, while the other is beat down and tired of it while also happy to have the bad aspects pretended away at least for a short time. It did this in a way that was interesting, but didn't really engage me or make me connect to the characters. This was a shame and it did limit the film for me, but I did still enjoy the silent, still tone, and the way the pace is as slow as the scenery is empty. This vibe reminded me very much of the 1970's era of sci-fi (Silent Running, Demon Seed), although the downside of this is that it reminded me of the short film Zari, which I saw years ago but continue to love.
Top marks for style and control of tone then, but personally I didn't connect to the characters in the way I wanted, so it was a lesser experience for me despite enjoying aspects of it.