This lullaby to a failed marriage is a singular mix of melancholy and comedy (melan-comedy?) capturing two miserable people at a miserable time. It's like a sad little ditty coming from a old music box, nostalgic but also haunting.
After many loveless years together, David and Charlie are breaking up. They are distraught in their own ways — Charlie can’t stand the sight of him anymore; David admits he never loved her. They read break-up letters to one another in hushed tones. When David suggests they have sex one last time for closure, raw emotions bubble up between the two capturing a devastating combination of resentment and tenderness.
Amusing deadpan performances by Davey Johnson and Kate Freund provide laughs of depressing recognition while striking images evoke emotional distress but maintain stylishness. Directed by Christopher Winterbauer, who has several shorts under his belt, this is the first we’ve seen, and it's a good one. Love is gone but there’s beauty in decay. (7 minutes) Written & Directed by Christopher Winterbauer. Produced by Thomas Horton. Music & Sound by David Boman.