In less than 13 minutes, minimalist short-film “If Anything Happens I Love You” might have your heart in knots, grieving a loss that isn’t even yours.
Written and directed by Michael Govier and Will McCormack, the film is about a couple coming to terms with the death of their child in a school shooting. The animation (made by an all women-team) is traditional in appearance, like pencil-sketches come to life, giving the story a nostalgic-personal touch, as if the viewer is going through someone’s photo album. The makers use a lot of black-white-grey tones and blank spaces through the scenes to represent the trauma and void losing someone close leaves in one’s life.
It’s a poignant movie, without any dialogues, accompanied by a music score that helps accentuates the myriad of emotions expressed in the story without a single word. The animation, the storytelling, the music, everything had me engrossed completely.
It’s a 10/10 from me. The short is available to stream on Netflix.