It has been a while since I posted; the combination of the winter doldrums and a hectic St. Patrick’s Day schedule (as part of my alter ego as a mild mannered Irish Dance coach) has sapped my energy the last few weeks. This week’s short film, though, is sure to snap anyone out of that Spring-Can’t-Come-Fast-Enough malaise that is so common this time of year. Directed by Timothy Reckart, Head Over Heels is a wonderfully inventive stop motion animated short about a couple who have grown apart over the years; she lives on the ceiling while he lives on the floor (or is it the other way around?) and they just can’t seem to see eye to eye any longer.
Head Over Heels garnered an impressive array of awards during its time on the festival circuit, including an Annie Award for Best Student Film, the Cartoon D’Or for Best European Animated Short (2013), and was nominated for an Academy Award. It’s easy to see why — the story is wonderful and the range of emotions acted by the characters are incredibly (sometimes painfully) real. The ending had me crying into my morning coffee.
After watching the film, definitely wander over to Reckart’s website, which functions as an online DVD, with special features such as film commentary, the original trailer, and an “upside-down” version of the film.