Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts

From Best to Worst:

1. Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything): This French film about a mother leaving her abusive husband doesn’t treat you like you’re stupid. It leaves you in the dark and then slowly reveals details, all the while increasing in intensity. It feels completely real, and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

2. The Voorman Problem: This film from the UK, starring Martin Freeman and Tom Hollander, is about a psychiatrist examining a prison inmate who believes he is god. Though somewhat one-note, it’s darkly funny and incredibly entertaining.

3. Helium: This Danish short film about a janitor who tells a patient about a magical fantasy world is produced by 5-time Oscar nominee Kim Magnusson. The special effects are incredible, the performances are very good, but it’s a touch overlong.

4. Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?): This 7-minute Finnish film about a family late for a wedding builds towards a well-delivered albeit predictable joke. It’s entertaining, but there’s not much to it.

5. Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me): This Spanish film about African child soldiers starts off strong, but then quickly loses steam until it’s dealing entirely with cliqués. By no means is it bad, it’s just the weakest of the bunch.

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