First of all, if you haven’t watched Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, you should go out and see that before you continue reading. Director Alfonso Cuaron’s film about survival and rebirth had an incredibly touching, quiet moment that stuck in many viewers’ minds. It’s the scene where Dr. Ryan Stone, played by Bullock, is stranded in space and attempts to get a hold of Mission Control via radio. Stone ends up chatting with a man in Greenland instead, despite their language barrier. Dr. Stone confesses to the man about her fears and anxieties in a subtly powerful scene. The man has no idea what she’s saying, but still finds a way to comfort her.
Cuaron directed a short film to go along with that scene in Gravity called Aningaaq. It’s a nice stand-alone film, and also fits in very well with the feature film. There’s a relativity in isolation that both sides show very well, and it adds to the movie.
This short film was supposed to be an extra feature for the Blu-ray/ DVD release, but it’s now being submitted in the live-action short category for the Academy Awards. Here it is, for your viewing pleasure:
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