The short and the short of it: Les Spectateurs examines futuristic regret

(image via Laughing Squid)
(image via Laughing Squid)

 

No matter how glittering the dream or exciting the prospect, there comes a time when we must confront the loss of everything that we are leaving behind.

This might not amount to much of an emotional wrench at all – we’re glad to be done with that period in our life – or the excitement of what lies ahead outweighs any sadness and regret we might feel.

In those instances, moving on isn’t a deal breaker.

But there are those times when even the most audacious and thrilling of opportunities, which on paper at least a slam dunk needing little to no further consideration but in others, pale in the face of the things given up.

That’s the case in Les Spectateurs, an emotionally-evocative French short film by director Lucas Monjo that tells the story of a couple on a supposedly utopian space station orbiting Earth, a planet besieged by all manner of perils, and the last place, so says the PR person at least, that you would want to be.

But the wife of the protagonist couple desperately wants to go home, her melancholy at being left behind for good by the last rocket ship back to Earth too overwhelmingly for the amazing opportunities that lie ahead on this space-based idyll.

It’s a breathtakingly beautiful piece of filmmaking, evoking that sense that all of us have at one time or another that what we are gaining may not be worth be the price we must pay.

(source: Laughing Squid)

 

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