Movie Ruminations

Jonas Cuaron’s ‘Aningaaq’ short film

gravity-movie-posterGravity is one of the best films of the year, period.  Haunting, beautiful, and truly terrifying, it is a film that never slows down.  That is, except in one part of the film.  If you haven’t seen the film, I would move on from this story.  There will be spoilers . . .

Still here?  Well, at one point in the film, Sandra Bullock’s character of Dr. Stone believes that she’s done for.  She picks up radio chatter and has a heartfelt and haunting conversation with someone who doesn’t speak English.  They can’t understand each other, but they talk to each other nonetheless.  She opens up to this man in a far off corner of the world that she’s orbiting and it is an intense and powerful scene.  It is a chilling scene and profoundly moving.

This short film is the other side of that conversation.   Directed by Jonas Cuaron, son of Alfonso Cuaron, the director of Gravity, and co-screenwriter of Gravity, this was originally intended to be a special feature on the Blu-Ray.  Warner Bros. have released it early, though, for Oscar consideration.  It is a beautiful film and a wonderful companion piece to Gravity.  I would highly recommend watching it, even if you haven’t seen Gravity.  There are mild spoilers for the film, but nothing that would ruin the film.  With that said, I present to you Aningaaq:

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