The Short List is our running list of notable short features available online. Every week, we share one short film which we think deserves to be watched by many. The short films included in our list can come from any country but has to be publicly available online. Click here to see the full list of short films—you can also submit your own.
Henry K. Norvalls’ short film, “Sweet Things”, according to its opening text, is based on not one true story. “Based on thousands, perhaps millions of real events,” hints the beginning of the film. And that’s not untrue. The scenario that plays out in the short happens every day to women who are being deprived the respect they deserve, especially in a working relationship with a man in power.
That’s magnified here in Norvalls’ new short, in the subtle flinches that the female character (Renate Reinsve) makes against the male character’s off-putting gestures. But that’s not sledgehammering the point: in fact, the male character, in this scenario, is as chivalrous as one can ostensibly get, and one can’t exactly pinpoint what it is that he does wrong. In ways as subtle as his last film is transgressive (last year’s “Shower”), Norvalls here makes a compelling invitation to reflect and become more sympathetic to the people around us.
Watch his short, in full, by clicking the play button at the top of this page.