This is a terrible film to watch if you have just broken up with someone. It perfectly encompasses the beauty of the mundane that you miss the most from any relationship. Shot entirely from an aerial position, this six and half minute short can be summarised by the it’s own tag line ‘Look down on the moments that make a love story’. Forget about your kissing in the rain sequences that Hollywood flashes at us because Jack Tew directs a piece filled with tiny subtle details, the bits that you purposefully skim over when you reminisce.
The story unfolds from below us. We stare down at a boy and girl falling in and out of love. They take pictures together, smoke weed, get drunk and throw up, watch telly, eat take away food and throw things at each other. It is an ingenious way to simultaneously feel alone and comforted by your current and past relationships. Tew’s biggest achievement is the distancing technique he uses in his camera placement. The viewer becomes a passive onlooker. We are definitely not apart of this coupling, thus allowing the film to have a more universal meaning. We see ourselves as the boy or as the girl and we replace the dialogue free short into a dialogue filled memory.
Tew is giving credit to his audience. He understands that he doesn’t need to spell out each scene, tell us the names of his characters of even what is happening before or after each shot. He expects us to fill in the blanks. This is a very emotional and human approach to telling a love story. You will remember the times your partner stayed up late to talk to you rather than all the fancy meals that never materialised. This is a great understated short where the viewer is the king of context.