The routine of the elderly is poignantly suggested and subverted into a routine of the lonely and the widowed. An elderly man sits alone, his tape player beside him for company. Suddenly he is jolted to life and sets about collecting a rock and garden tools. What can this old timer be up to?
He cuts 3 pieces of fruit from a tree and places the rock on the ground beneath the tree, enlarging a circle of rocks that is there already. He goes back to his room and hurriedly devours the fruit like his life depends on it until finally the figure of a woman appears, easing him without a word.
Yannis Zafris has captured a feeling the desperate feeling of loss without a word being spoken, perhaps because there are no words to describe such a feeling. Instead he relies on circle of rocks to symbolise the passing of time and the devouring of fruit to symbolise the haste with which this old man wants time and his wife back.
A very powerful short from Greece.
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