Science fiction and melodrama come together in this story of loss, loneliness and survival.
Blending together science fiction and melodrama, Joe Sill‘s Expo is a short that combines a great visual impact to intimate and dramatic themes. Shona is an astronaut that spent two years on the Moon in order to pay for her daughter’s medical bills.
Through her journey into space, a sort of metaphor for her struggle to escape from pain, Sill portrays mourning, mother-daughter relationship and loneliness. Expo brings us to reflect on how science fiction, when detached from the canonic genre dynamics, can be a starting point to dwell on issues regarding the whole spectrum of the human experience.
The space journey, the time spent on the Moon, the existential limbo where we find Darla, lead the viewer into another dimension, where one can understand the pain of the loss of a loved one and the sacrifice of a mother.
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