Short Film Nominee July 3, 2021
drama · Short Films · french
The short film is an attempt to explore our relationship with childhood trauma and the manner in which it can continue to affect our decisions, personality and who we choose to be even decades later. The same is portrayed by giving us a thirty-year-old protagonist, Oliver who refuses to reconcile differences with his mother. Read Less
When he was a child, she had abandoned him only to return to his life two decades later and strive to reconstruct the broken bridges that might lead her back to him someday. However, despite all her apologies, guilt and a desire to work towards undoing her wrong, Oliver is unrelenting.
The film suggests that this could be a form of self-preservation from getting hurt again, but one that is detrimental to Oliver's mental peace and emotional well-being. It also wants to conjure the manner in which the protagonist is still trapped in his childhood in multiple ways, further indicating the development of Peter Pan syndrome with his impatience, manner of dressing and dietary preferences. On the whole, And if I Could Fly is a sincere attempt by a young team to give the viewer a glimpse into dysfunctional familial relationships and the toxicity and emotional trauma they might usher in with them.