A gem of a short film. Pity it didn’t win in the Oscars but its nomination was good enough.
Its magic lies in the powerful and counter-cultural message.
The story is about the effort and sacrifice that a loving relationship needs in order to keep going. I think we often see romances and friendships that wilt and die off because no one bothered to care for them. With this film, I want to remind people that it’s worth the effort. When you love somebody, a sacrifice is not painful—it’s joyful. (Interview with filmmaker Timothy Reckart, Verily Magazine Feb 2013).
These days when even relationships are included among the disposables, the movie presents a refreshing reprieve. Due to irreconcilable differences, Walter and Madge live on opposite sides of the same house: she on the ceiling and him on the floor (its animated remember, anything is possible). For all practical purposes, they live separate lives, but, significantly, still under the same roof. For hopeless romantics and inveterate optimists, this is telling. It spells hope in a possible reconciliation.
But that’s not all. Film director Timothy Reckart is not afraid to portray what it takes to make a relationship work.
When you look at romantic comedies, you are almost always looking at films that deal with the beginning of a relationship, when chemistry is really the dominant force. Hormones, nerves, and a desire for the unattainable do a lot of work. A lot of times you really do “fall” in love, the same way you’d fall out of a chair. It doesn’t take effort. But that stage of love doesn’t last. Once that initial blush fades away, love becomes a choice and an act, rather than an emotional state. I don’t think Hollywood films deal with that very often, and I think it has given Westerners a warped view of how relationships are supposed to work.
Love as choice. How many think this way still? How many understand relationships as a work in progress? And what prevents them from doing so?
I think misunderstanding is a constant fact of relationships, romantic or otherwise. Even in the political sphere, on the level of society at large, we have a problem with left and right misunderstanding each other. It’s a real problem. Ultimately this inability to understand others is a result of self-centeredness, and Madge eventually manages to break free from that.
Enough said. See it for yourself. http://vimeo.com/37604847