• Henry

All this month we’ll be reviewing the Oscar nominees for the best animated, live-action, and documentary short films, alternating daily between categories. Check back tomorrow for the next installment.

The major flaw that plagues most short narrative is a filmmaker’s tendency to squeeze too much plot into a brief running time. Obviously, short films lend themselves to stylistic concision. The best are the ones that express things more succinctly but no less effectively than a feature; the worst the ones that attempt to cram in a feature’s worth of ideas. Such is the case with Henry, a French-Canadian drama from director Yan England. It tells the story of an elderly pianist who finds himself lost in a mysterious hospital after he’s abducted from his home. Eventually, we learn that his surroundings might not be as tangible as they appear, as he begins to witness and occasionally reenact key moments from his past.