The School of Life’s raison d’etre is to develop emotional intelligence in its audience, meaning they’re experienced in being confrontational with philosophical thought. But their latest short film is even more challenging than we’ve come to expect. In it we’re told repeatedly that love is an illusion and we’re all painfully and unavoidably alone. Then just as the weight of this message sinks in we’re asked to forget about the whole thing and get on with our lives as we were. Emotional rollercoaster!
What’s most interesting about this film though is the use of animation to communicate a serious message. Too often the medium allows itself to be used for the twee and the trite, sadly reduced to a cutesy distraction. But Hannah Jacobs and Lara Lee have produced something that communicates directly, evoking real emotion through their characters and making the viewer really pause for thought.