UNCLE ALBERT, 11min, USA, Dark Comedy
Directed by Summer Blake
A dark comedy about the nuances of emotional response; Karen's left emotionless following the death of her distant Uncle, Albert, she'll stop at nothing to prove to fellow guests that she can indeed feel "sad."
If we prick our finger we cry. But when someone else pricks their finger, how do we feel? Is there a right and a wrong response?
Now consider something larger; something more concrete. Death? That's pretty concrete. How are we supposed to feel when someone passes away forever?
These are the questions I ask with Uncle Albert and with the character of Karen, who, following her distant uncle's funeral, begs to feel sad, yet comes up numb.
As she stares wistfully at a bunny on the street outside the wake, she wonders what it's like to be unaware of one's own mortality. And then boom - the bunny is hit by a car - and Karen's still emotionless.
I often struggle with my own emotional response, wondering: if there's a "right" way to feel, am I wrong?