The major benefit of short films is there isn’t as much to remember at the end. You can watch them and then take the whole thing away in your head if it’s good. If it’s bad, it’s much easier to forget.
The entire emotional arc of a short can be remembered by our brains, rather than just the emotional peaks which you take away from most features. Think back to the last film you watched, how much of it do you actually remember, exactly as it happened? Unless it’s a film you’ve watched a lot of times, the chances are you wont be able to remember every little bit of it.
I thought I was just going to write something about how I just re-watched this after about 2 years and how it’s brilliant, but it looks like I’ve managed to ramble on about how shorts are better for later emotional recall. Not entirely sure why, sorry about that.
As I was re-watching it, all I could think about was how much I’d liked it the first time, and how much of it I remembered.
It’s not that often that you get a feel good feeling from the end of a film before you’ve reached it; and I think that is why this is a success. Simple enough to remember without having to try, and complicated enough to keep you interested.
Basically, this is brilliant. Watch it.