The Present: Short Film Review

A three and a half minute long animated film, The Present is exactly like its title. Jacob Frey speaks volumes with minimal dialogues and characters. It was his graduation short film, and he nails it with simplicity.


The story is based on a comic book strip by the Brazilian artist Fabio Coala Cavalcanti. The scene starts with a little boy in a dingy room engrossed in playing a video game. His mother enters and drops a brown box on the table in front of him, opens the blinds and lets the sunlight into the room. She asks him why doesn’t he go outside and play, and goes about her business. He is distracted by the box and opens it to find a lovely surprise – a puppy! But soon loses interest when he realizes that the puppy has only three legs.

The manner in which Jacob Frey has depicted the formation of the relationship between the puppy and the boy touches you. There’s something new that is revealed with every scene. The transition of this relationship between the boy and the puppy is the best part of the film. 

It is a lovely short film which touches you. Watch it here: 

 

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