Chrysalis Short Film

Nick Rutter

Why Watch? A cute young girl gets into a car with another boy, and a young man falls apart. Nick Rutter took that concept literally for his short film about growing up while your heart breaks.

The broken heart in Chrysalis belongs to a boy whose physical appearance matches his mindset — his seams are splitting, fingers falling off and his muscles twist and snarl as if the bones have been melted.

All of it is aggressively punctuated by atmospheric droning from Lapalux, thoroughly crafting an environment that’s disturbing while dipping its toes in Cronenbergian waters. It’s a chilly shawl the short film wraps around you, using a minimum of (beautifully done) gore to make you feel the loss.

What Will It Cost? About 4 minutes.

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