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2006 OSCAR Winner for Best Live Action Short. A black and bloody Irish comedy about a sad train journey where an older man, whose wife has died that morning, encounters a strange and possibly psychotic young oddball....
Bloody Black Humor!
I really enjoyed this film, but anyone with touchy sensibilities about death (especially the death of animals) needs to be forewarned. Not that any animals are really hurt but animal AND human death is central to the plot point. At first you think that this is a serious film that it working towards a serious point but... soon you realize it is just bloody funny. Brendan Gleeson as the lead is mournfully hopeless and hapless, but we all can relate to his befuddlement. However, Ruaidhri Conroy steals the film as an obnoxious but riotously funny cad. It was definitely worth the cost of the download and everyone I have shown it to laughed hilariously (after given permission to do so).
Good film, won the Oscar - be prepared for explicit violence
From the opening line, this is a dark, confrontational Irish film, which won the Oscar in the category of Best Live Action Short Film. The story plays character off of character to show how people deal with death and emotion, and how those differences - in hyperbole - affect one another. It's a smart film, one that slaps your sensibilities in the face and challenges the viewer to stay with the film, in the same difficult way the characters either choose to stay or go, I suppose. This is one of the two short films that gets an explicit label, for the violence and language. Be forewarned - If you have a hard time with dark themes of death and violence, this one may not be for you. For me, knowing ahead of time was enough. It's well-shot and the direction is very good. A young actor named Ruaihidhri Conroy steals the scene later in the film. Be ready for the violence and murder/suicide themes and you should do okay.
Easily the best short film out of this year's crop. A moving, extremely dark, sometimes funny, sometimes undeniably tragic film that will linger in your mind for days. Writen with a distinct, refreshing edge, the movie demands your conscience to go into overdrive. Loved it.