Remember in Gravity when Sandra Bullock's character makes radio contact with a foreign stranger and we never see who she's talking to? Of course you remember, you've been a good movie lover and seen Alfonso Cuaron's space thriller a handful of times already. Well, now you can watch an additional part of the movie even more times because the depiction of what's going on on the other end of the radio conversation is streaming online via The Hollywood Reporter.
Directed by Alfonso's son, Jonas Cuaron, this seven-minute sequence has been released as a companion short titled Aningaaq, which will also be a part of the DVD/Blu-ray release of the acclaimed feature whenever that hits. What we see is that the stranger is an Inuit man named Aningaaq in Arctic Greenland. The fun if you're a documentary fan is that while Gravity had neat references to the IMAX film Hubble 3D, this spin-off calls to mind Nanook of the North, especially when the man's wife and infant child show up.
Aningaaq screened at the Venice Film Festival, but it didn't show up in theaters in the U.S., where some think it would have worked as a postcredits bonus. That might be because in that context it possibly wouldn't have been looked at as a film all its own. Warner Bros. has reportedly submitted Aningaaq for Oscar consideration in the Live Action Short category. That would be pretty interesting if it were nominated and then Gravity were up for Best Picture.
But does this short really work by itself? I don't think so, as much as I like it. I doubt anyone could watch it without having seen Gravity and knowing the context and still appreciate it. It's not the same as the other way around, where the conversation, the Aningaaq side of which isn't subtitled, is a mysterious bit in a larger story. Here there isn't a separate narrative, really, and the fact that we can comprehend both parties only reminds us of what's going on on the other end. Aningaaq is mostly a curiosity, sort of a deleted scene if you think about it, and will therefore fit very nicely on the home video copies of Gravity.
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