Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Review: "World of Tomorrow"

"A little girl answers a video phone and begins an extraordinary journey of memory and discovery guided by her own clone 227 years in the future."
- Brief description from Netflix

That brief description tells you everything about this short film, and yet nothing about it.  The little girl is Emily, and she is quite young - maybe 4 or 5 years old.  Emily hears something from the family's video phone and plays with the button until a woman enters the screen and announces that she is the Emily's clone from the future.

I didn't have many expectation when I first watched "World of Tomorrow".  The characters are animated stick figures; the back ground are simple colors with random lines and circles.  When my husband suggested we watch this, I agreed more because I wanted to spend time with him than because I wanted to watch the film itself.

But by the time the film ended, I was on the verge of tears.  Not because "World of Tomorrow" is inherently sad, but because it mixes sadness and hope in such a way as to make the viewer both question the future and embrace the present.

All in 16 minutes.

If you have a short window of time, I highly recommend watching "World of Tomorrow".  Just make sure you have a tissue or two handy.

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