Short Film: ‘The Lunch Date’ Steals a Heart and Some Salad

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.

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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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