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Borrowed Time (Monday Motivation #5)

On Friday, Pixar released its short movie ‘Borrowed Time’, directed by Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, who have been working on the short for the last five years. The short has been very well received and has even won several awards. I watched it last night and loved it so I wanted to share it on my blog today.

The short is about a sheriff who returns to the site of an accident which happened many years earlier, when he was a young boy. The story shows flashbacks of the accident, which involved his father, and depicts his difficulty with the memory many years later. According to the website of Borrowed Time, the sheriff “must find the strength to carry on”.

I don’t want to give too much away – you can watch the short movie below. It’s only 6 minutes long and really very beautiful. The writers/directors of Borrowed Time, Lou and Andrew, indicated in an interview that they wanted to make an animated movie for adults for a change.

“Having worked on family films with a lot of heart and comedy, we wanted to do something outside of our comfort zone: a serious, action drama. We knew this would be a huge challenge for us” – Lou Hamou-Lhadj

Well I think they succeeded. The movie is definitely serious, and dramatic, and also very beautiful. It’s sad, and a little raw – so many emotions for such a short movie.

“It ended up being about closure and owning up to mistakes you’ve made or at least facing mistakes you’ve made and finding the strength to kind of move on” – Andrew Coats

Enough said! You can watch Borrowed Time below, or on Vimeo (it will be online for free for the next two weeks I believe).


Emmelyn X

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