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The Saddest Boy in the World

The birthday party of the saddest boy in the world.

10 – 15 | 2006 | Black Comedy | Canada | Childhood | Retro | 2006

Timothy Higgins recalls his entire life on the day of his ninth birthday. He’s constantly thinking about suicide. Written and directed by Jamie Travis, The saddest boy in the world has the same feel of a Wes Anderson film (the director’s world comes to mind right from the first frames of the short), with its microcosm of a perfect life, garishly retro colors and vintage texture. A suffocating perfection that seems to be screaming “Kill yourself!” from every angle of Timothy’s life. A tiny personal drama coated with a very colorful yet deeply dark irony. Timothy, after all, is none other than that sad feeling that accompanied us, at least once, in our early age. Our main character is perhaps what a child never dares to be, the unhappiness that is not usually associated with childhood. This death instinct – or, more tragically, an indifference towards life – can be read on the face of the young protagonist, in his sad eyes that look at the world. In his mind (and maybe in real life too) even his mother seems to suggest that he makes the tragic act. And the red balloons thrown at Timothy echo Albert Lamorisse’s masterpiece The Red Balloon. Lonely children that, indifferent to the fictional therapy of the adult world, still see life as a colorful experience. A butterfly.

Andreina Di Sanzo

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

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