Dear Chickens short film review - a heartwarming tale of hope, strength and friendship
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You might think it’s impossible to have your heart broken and put back together in just 15 minutes, but Dear Chickens (2018) manages it with gentle ease.
The Oscar qualified short-film is just quarter of an hour long, but it more than packs a punch in the short time it’s on screen. Directed by Mauro Mueller, Dear Chickens is the heart-warming tale of Emil (Phillip Baker Hall), an elderly man suffering from cancer and how his world is changed when a stubborn and angry-at-the-world teenage girl, Nora (Kerris Dorsey) moves into his room.
Nora is tenacious and determined to not have any more chemo. Her father doesn’t visit her so she spends her days in bed with her headphones in, ignoring doctors, nurses and Emil.
of: Salaud Morisset Emil gives up all hope of bonding with his new room-mate until they make an unlikely bond over a mutual hatred of chemotherapy and terrible hospital food.
“You’re eating that?” Nora winces in disgust as Emil finally gives in and eats the beige and stomach-unsettling food.
“These poor chickens. They had such miserable lives, for their eggs to wind up here. Dear chickens, we must do our part to honour you. We are so sorry that your life turned out like this,” Replies a defiant Emil – revealing the true meaning behind the films some-what strange title.
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Dear Chickens will leave you with a positive message to take away. Don’t give up, even when the days are getting darker and you feel like there’s no way out, there always is. There’s always a chance to grab life by the horns and really live. Life is what you make it, and there’s always a chance to make it great. In a time where many films are filled with violence and upset it’s comforting to watch a film that lets you know that everything is going to be ok.
As Emil says: “When I was your age, I had no idea how extraordinary my life would turn out to be.”
Dear Chickens is available on Amazon Prime. Watch it here.
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