Friday, December 23, 2011

Fantastic Short Film Friday - Argentine Tangos (live-action)

And we are back with another installment in our Fantastic Short Film Friday series, as we continue to showcase films released in the "lesser" known form of cinema- the short film.

It's Christmas time! Now, I'm not the most religious person, but I love the feeling of the Holidays, the mood of winter time, being thankful for what you have and all that cliched stuff. I love it! It's my favorite time of the year, the general feeling of good joy and happiness around, or maybe that's just me (and truthfully that's all that I care about). This week I have for you a short that spreads the good-will all around. Here is a 14-minute Belgium whimsical dramatic short called, Argentine Tangos from filmmaker, Gus Thys. This is a short that warms the soul as the viewer and the characters within come to realize how much better it is to give, how giving can bring it's own kind of happiness.

The story follows an average middle-aged office-worker who meets a woman online that loves tango and asks her to meet him in 2-weeks so they can do the forbidden dance. The only problem is that he has no idea how to tangle so he ropes in one of his colleagues for help and well, in the end you realize Christmas joy and love can come in many different forms, even if they start out with a small white lie. Don't let the subtitles scare you, this story is easy to follow and you won't miss the action by reading them.

Wonderfully acted and beautiful shot, this is the perfect counter balance for the cold winter days, or as those awful self help books that were en vogue a few years ago and are now thankfully out of style, this short is Chicken Soup for the Soul. Yes I said that and yes I'll shut up now.

Check this out if you you're tired of seeing It's A Wonderful Life for the 300th time and want something new but with the same kind of warm messaging. Check this out if you you're trapped in your office doing busy work but wished you were doing something more productive. Enjoy this weeks dose of short form goodness in, Argentine Tangos.

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