Monday, August 12, 2013

Henry (2011)

1 Nomination, 0 Wins

Nomination: Best Short Film, Live Action - Yan England

Amour was a heartbreaking and harrowing tale of indignities that can come with growing older, but it wasn't even the most frightening film about aging nominated for an Academy Award last year.  The short film "Henry," directed by Yan England, is a terrifying yet entirely sincere look at the horrors that come with memory loss from aging.

Gerad Poirier plays Henry, an elderly man confused by what is happening to him as his wife goes missing.  England wisely confines us to Henry's viewpoint for most of the film, putting the audience in the same sense of confusion as Henry as both protagonist and audience attempts to put the pieces together.  Though the conceit should become evident to the viewer rather quickly, as it is intended to, it is no less harrowing watching Henry as he struggles to determine what is happening around him.

Part thriller and part emotional drama, "Henry" is a well made film that is touching without becoming sentimental.

Remaining: 3132 films, 865 Oscars, 5375 nominations

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