Narrative Short FilmPosted: February 28, 2012
The title of the short film I will be analyzing is “You Are Loved.”
This five minute video tells the story of a young man with a big heart who wants to make everyone feel loved on Valentine’s Day. The film starts off with the man on the floor, counting money, and then taking a trip to the florist to buy 100 roses. When he gets to the store, he realizes he doesn’t have enough money and sadly walks away. In the next scene, he is on the floor again creating origami flowers out of paper. The camera cuts to a calendar displaying February 14th and follows the smiling young man as he gets dressed up and brings the paper flowers to orphans and elderly women on Valentine’s Day. He is smiling the whole time and so is everyone else around him. The film ends with the camera panning out on one of the paper flowers, attached to it is a note that says “You are loved.”
Even though this video is short, it is incredibly moving. The actor playing the young man brings such emotion to his facial expressions that no dialogue is needed to interpret his mood. The only song that plays throughout the film is “How He Loves Me,” by The Glorious Unseen, which features simple percussion, guitar, and vocals. Like the film, the song is simple but full of emotion.
Most of the scenes in the film are less than ten seconds long, which keeps the action moving. But the way they fade in and out, and occasionally blur together gives the narrative a slow, gentle rhythm.