Why Watch? It seems obvious now that the short films from Cannes that do well year-to-year involve trains and slices of life. This winner from 1990 involves both, as well as a befuddled, middle-aged woman experiencing bad afternoon that gets brightened by a comic mix-up. Having already missed her train and lost her wallet, she seeks refuge at a restaurant where she orders a salad, but when she goes to get silverware, she returns to find a homeless man eating her food.
Shot gorgeously in black and white, the warm comedy of the scenario comes with sugar sprinkled on top, but a larger lesson about being aware (completely) of our surroundings is the real meal.
What Will It Cost? About 9 minutes.