07 August 2017

JR's Short Film Reviews - IN A HEARTBEAT

In A Heartbeat

"The Need and Struggle For Acceptance..."

In A Heartbeat totally sums up the struggle for acceptance by individuals ostracized by a society enclosed with norms and dogmas set by religion, tradition and culture. We see two different worlds here, a boy which is closeted and another which is very much confident. Well, people would immediately think this film is a typical story about love but it's more than that. For me, the film explores the desire of people who are very much shy and discriminated to be like those people who are confident and optimistic. Such is exemplified in a young kid's desire to be someone great thereby using other people especially those of great outlook as inspiration. On another note, same-sex romance in a sense is so much viewed negatively where in fact it explores the concept of love just the same as a heterosexual couple. Love isn't just viewed by simply falling in love, but rather acceptance by people coexisting around us (such exemplified by the confident guy's return to give back the broken heart piece, an evident symbol of acceptance). We might not know if indeed they turned out to be couples or friends but this short film exemplifies the desire for a very more accepting society which is held back by a conservative mindset. If love is indeed God's gift to us, who are we to question one person's love towards another. I rather not say "all we need is love", but rather "all we need is acceptance." Love is never wrong if it is expressed in the most appropriate and harmless means.

(If I were to score this short film, I'll give it a /10, Masterpiece)

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Time Published: 07 August 2017 (9:00 PM)

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