It’s been a bit of a maudlin week in the entertainment business – we lost both Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall – and this bittersweet short film about a man made of balloons fits right in with that mood.
Director Greg Jardin’s Floating follows a man made entirely of party balloons as he (she?) navigates the dangerous city where pretty much anything can kill him. It’s not an action film, but more of a sad meditation on how we can be alone even when surrounded by so many people. Jardin’s crafted a beautiful short that manages to capture both the isolation of being alone and the dangers of modern life – all in under 10 minutes. Even more impressive is that the film conveys all these emotions through a lead character who doesn’t even have a “traditional” face.
Floating is a touching piece of short cinema – one that made me think of both Pixar’s Up and Joe Hill’s story Pop Art. Check it out below, but be prepared to be a little sad when it’s all said and done.
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