Director: Martin McDonagh
*Oscar Winner for Best Short Film*
The Irish entry written and directed by Martin McDonagh and starring Irish actors Brendan Gleeson (Professor Moody from Harry Potter IV) and Rúaidhrí Conroy (Hart’s War) takes place nearly entirely on a train. Mr. Dudley (Gleeson), grief stricken from the death of his wife, takes the train headed to Dublin. He asks to join a facing seat with an Irish lad (Conroy) who teaches him a thing or two about the value of life.
There are some shocking and brutal twists of fate as the pair encounters a husband/wife couple that has just lost their first child and Dudley begins to wonder about the lad’s tale of his murdered mother. There’s even a flashback as the kid tells his very rude tale about “a cow with trapped wind”. And it gets worse, much worse, from here.
This is skillfully well-filmed and edited, with a clever sense of pacing and an extremely cruel sense of humour. Sad, violent, emotional and constantly surprising—you’ll have to see it to believe it I guess.