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7:35 in the Morning

One morning a woman enters a restaurant – only to be met with silence instead of people talking...

2003 | 5 - 10 | Black & White | Comedy | Music | Spain

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for somebody?

Well, your answer probably’s not a 10th of the creativity (and madness) that this man has decided to use to declare his love.

It’s just another morning. Like every other morning a woman (Marta Belenguer) entered the coffee place and saluted Luis and Jesus, the two bartenders. She sat down with her coffee and reached out to her newspaper. But something this morning was off. Everybody in the restaurant seem somehow oddly subdued and avoided eye contact. That’s when, hidden behind a pillar, a man breaks into a song.

He happens to be a secret lover who has organised a strange choreographed spectacle to profess his love to this woman that turns up for coffee every morning at 7:35. He also happens to have a bomb strapped to his belly. The other customers in the cafe become supporting singers in this strange musical and have to sing along to lyrics tapped to their hands and take part in his crazy dance routine.

The police doesn’t take long to interrupt the spectacle. The man doesn’t resist them and emerges from the cafe with a big sack of confetti. In a Big Boom he blows himself up and showers the customers with the tiny pieces of paper. It was his grand finale of his suicidal musical-comedy.

Spanish director and writer Nacho Vigalondo (Open Windows, Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial) also stars in his eight minute black and white film. In addition to receiving an Academy Award nomination in 2004 and a best short film award nomination at the European Film Awards, the 2003 short film received the Bronze Moon of Valencia at Cinema Jove.

It’s akward, it’s smart, it’s funny. 7:35 in the Morning is definitely a must watch – and preparatory to Confetti of the Mind: The Short Films of Nacho Vigalondo.

Marie Winckler

Alessandro Zoppo

Alessandro Zoppo

Editor-in-Chief @ Good Short Films

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