Film School Shorts: Bookends, Prom, and When We Were Young

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This film is a must watch film because it has all the makings of a top-notch thriller. The anxiety that builds up while you are watching is palpable, until the particular moment when the short ends, and you are left inquiring what will happen next.


Based on a true story. Prom is a film that will leave you speechless. I’m sad the young man in the film didn’t go to his prom anyway, but I understand his reason why. Seeing your date out with another person is heartbreaking. Her parents were OK with the two of them studying together, but not with them extending their friendship beyond those confines. A sad story, but one that happens all too often.

When We Were Young

This was a sad but heartwarming film about the beauty of family, and all the memories we share together. I liked how the film emphasizes her family’s uniqueness and authenticity. Particularly, her grandmother’s relationship with her. It is cute because her grandmother raised her, and now that she is older, despite the fact that things have changed, she is repaying the favor by taking care of her. It is a beautiful animated film.

Also, other films to watch:

We Are Immigrants

This is a film that aims to visually represent what a typical journey could be like for a family crossing the US-Mexico border. It is animated, detailed, and sadly does not have a good ending.

Fanny Pack

I enjoy the immediate humor in this film. The father’s character is comical, and it is effortless to relate to, if you have overbearing parents.