Director: Kurt Kuenne
With an unusual idealistic way of walking through life a young parking attendant soon becomes popular for giving his customers not only validation for parking but the emotional kind as well, making them feel worthy and unique, dispensing smiles at no cost.
Within seconds this film made me smile, and that seemed to be its goal. At first I felt unsure about the plot, I didn’t know if it was for real or just a big joke, but still, it immediately hooked me. I felt a rollercoaster of emotions as the story was taken into epic proportions and then given some seriousness introducing a full plot; I cared for the character as he went along his journey making people smile, making me smile.
Hugh Newman played by the charismatic T.J. Thyne quickly won me over; and Vicky Davis’ performance as the mysterious Victoria Donner managed to keep me intrigued. As I learned more about these two eccentric characters on opposite sides of the emotional spectrum, I felt that perhaps their motives could have been shown a little deeper. Having what I consider a normal reaction to a good short film I was left wanting more of it.
A black and white, I thought this short film didn’t need color to be colorful; it’s amusing and entertaining as well as endearing and defying. I could appreciate how it was cleverly put together, with a humorous script and a perfectly assembled catchy and classy soundtrack, completing Kurt Kuenne’s mini-masterpiece quite nicely.
Even though it may seem simplistic and ridiculously unlikely, to me this is all part of the magic of a unique story with a purpose and with a soul, which is, undoubtedly, what has won this short film several awards. It is definitely worth watching, and if you do, at the very least, you’ll get a scoop of pure blissful happiness.