Rakshita (Raks) Patel (rakspatel) wrote in mycroft_brolly,
Rakshita (Raks) Patel

Chasing Cotards, starring Andrew Scott

Photo credit: http://twitter.com/chasingcotards

Sometimes, believing your dead….
is easier than knowing your alive.

First and foremost, a HUGE thank you to yvaine24 for telling me about this short film. I was completely oblivious to its existence until she told me about it.

Having seen this short film, I just HAD to write a review promoting it. I took more notes on this short film (with a running time of 13 minutes) than I do on most full length feature films.

The film affected me and moved me, very deeply and profoundly.

It is about a young man whose wife has died and focuses on him, two weeks after her funeral. The film explores the reality of grief, as experienced by the new widower.

His life is in shreds, and is suggested by the chaos in the room, eg heaps of post piling up and clothes strewn and scattered across the room.

From the film, this is what I thought he was feeling:

The inability to do anything else or distract yourself eg reading,
The inability to deal with daily life and daily activities,
The feeling of falling apart at the seams,
Anger at how and why did this happen?,
Despair and hopelessness,
The feeling that life is absolutely and utterly pointless and futile without that person, whom you loved so deeply and cared about so much,
The feeling that you are unable to carry on with life,
The searing pain of loss, and
All consuming grief.

His wife reappears, and he has to say goodbye for the final time and let her go. He is letting go of something that he loved above all else in the world. The feeling conveyed is that of wanting something that you had, and have lost, back. But that is impossible. The pain of losing that person again is unbearable. The scene is heart-breaking.

Andrew Scott conveys in his face and, critically in his eyes, very powerfully the feelings of unbearable pain and all-consuming grief.

I am not a widow. However, I connected with this film very strongly because I have been through a separation and a divorce, and the feelings of pain, grief and loss, are very similar. Definitely, when my husband left me, I felt very strongly the feelings of falling apart and being unable to carry on with, or face, life anymore.

If I had to sum this film up in a line, I would say that it is a beautiful Shakespearean sonnet about love, loss, and grief; about a cherished love, lost and gone forever.

Highly highly highly recommended.

Follow the link to the Chasing Cotards website to get all the details, watch the trailer and download the film:
The Biggest Short Film of All Time (literally)

Photo credit: http://www.sloaneuren.com/
Tags: andrew scott, film
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