Not every household is perfect. There are disagreements that turn into arguments or family members that once were close are now drifting away.
Sometimes, behind a dark, closed door abuse happens. In those situations we may not know what a person is going through or their thoughts.
In this animated short by Nicole Stafford, you follow a family that’s going through tough times. The older son comes home and you see the father drinking and sitting at the table. As the son walks past the kitchen, the father asks, “Where you’ve been?” The dialogue between the father and son gives a hint to the turmoil of events about to happen.
As the story unfolds, the short makes use of three different POVs, which all tie into a single story at the end. With the older brother spending most of his time at a diner, never seeing his father or his younger brother, he receives a tragic phone call. As he shuffles through his things, he comes across something that is a glimmer of hope that makes you feel empathy for this family.
As described from Nicole Stafford’s portfolio:
This film is heavily inspired by my time working in a 24/7 cafe last summer. Amongst the typical trials of graveyard restaurant life, I was dealing with some sticky home situations, the passing of my grandma, and some other events that really overwhelmed me. Upon returning to school, I wanted to make something really positive. There was this point where I realized that you’re never alone in pain, and knowing that other people are dealing with heavy things really helped me. It by no means solved my own issues, but there’s this sort of silent empathy that we can all take part in.