Why Watch? Because this is a prime example of a student short film. The challenge of short filmmaking is telling a complete story in the time it takes to microwave a Hot Pocket. Fortunately, that challenge isn’t exacerbated by having to actually eat a Hot Pocket. The key is often making the concept as simple as possible. With this short, two men show up to a house, and things are never the same.

It’s as simple as that, but the framing, family, and instant ethical recognition of the situation help make it something more.

In the effort of full disclosure, this film was directed by weekly contributor to the site, Matthew Patches, and there are a few flaws with it. The older man that comes to the house, for instance, acts like he’s just learned to read. As far as student shorts go, though, that only helps to point out the limitations placed on young moviemakers, and how they’re overcome by keeping things simple.

What Will It Cost? Just 5 minutes of your time.

Does it get better any better than that?

Check out Alone for yourself:

ALONE (2007)

Written and Directed by: Matthew Patches

Starring: Sophia Martuscello, Yuki Kawahisa, Tsuyoshi Kondo, and Mikie Sakanaka

Trust us. You have time for more short films.

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