Short Film of the Day: Father and Daughter

Why Watch? Because it is a sad celebration.

This highly effecting short has an uncanny ability to create smiles and watery eyes in equal measure. Director Michaël Dudok de Wit earned an Oscar for this story of a young girl on a bicycle who waves goodbye to her father as he rows out to sea in a small boat.

Through flowing watercolors and minimalist ink work, the story of her life and her longing for her father unfolds until it reaches a beautiful yet difficult climax. Some have the ability to tell stories without words, and de Wit is most certainly one of them. Father and Daughter is a moving poem, an ode to one of the most important relationships we can ever have, appreciated even more in the light of losing it.

Happy Father’s Day, everyone. Watch this, then call your pop and tell him you love him.

What does it cost? Just 9 minutes of your time.

Check out Father and Daughter for yourself:


Trust us. You have time for more short films.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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