Mom Died (2016)

Somewhere outside of Saginaw, Michigan, a lonely farmhouse glows with life in the moonlight amid a bleak untended plot of land. Inside a family of six sits down for a routine family dinner. An act of sibling cruelty leads to violent, life altering series of events.Robin

This was the description in the original post, and Robin explained that filmmaking is hard without collaboration – so support one another!

As the short film plays out, it (as it did to others) reminded me of Punch Drunk Love, which if you watch the original trailer below can find the camera and soundscape links quite easily. Also a time when Adam Sandler was doing good in society!

The short itself too is fairly obvious to the reasoning of the erratic characters. Much like the film The Assassination of Jesse James, the title of the film tells the viewer exactly what or why things are the way they are. It only works in certain circumstances, and wouldn’t be too keen on watching films titled, “Good Guys Win, But There is a Cliffhanger”. Mom Died, sets the scene and tone of the film even before it starts. You know you’re entering into a world that more than likely will be chaotic.

Then with the absence of the mother figure, and the diversification of the characters you can kind of see the connection between the various stages of death. As one person said, “I saw anger, aloofness, the wanting to fix things, anxiousness, confeontation, depersonalization, desperation, support.” Which is exactly what you go through when you lose someone – especially that close.

It is a short that deserves every award it receives, and hopefully a lot more than it already has!

This review is an extract out of the project post about the short film, which you can read here adding a little more detail into the story behind the film.