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LONESOME

What to know: Short and sweet film capturing how a cat benefits both its and another's lives.
LONESOME is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 10-18
4 minutes
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LONESOME is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Lonesome is a short and sweet film capturing how a cat benefits both its and a house cleaner's lives! Its use of color changing perfectly highlights the shift in emotions. It also inspires me to look into the benefits of adopting pets for both pets and humans.

The storyline is about a lonely housekeeper whose life is brightened by the discovery of a stray cat.

I like how the adoption benefits both parties. The stray cat is no longer forced to depend on its friend for food, and the house cleaner is no longer miserable at the thought of going to work. One part that stands out is the transition from a more traditional style of film to a slideshow of pictures with the cat. The costumes fit the storyline of the film. The black and white beginning switches to bright colors which illustrates the contrast before and after the emotional changes. I like how the discovery of the cat results in more enthusiasm from the house cleaner when cleaning the house. The music enhances the tone of the story. The switch from bleak music at the beginning, to suspenseful music when chasing the cat, to upbeat music at the end helps us events from different perspectives. A moment that stands out is the sudden shift between gloomy music and more vibrant music during the quest to track down the cat. The film has no special effects, but the closest is when the film suddenly changes from black and white to color. I interpret this as the cat literally "brightening" the housekeeper's world and putting an end to the previous monotony. The actor is Murray Susen, who also writes, directs and edits the film. Sam Gorman and Will Goss are both mentors. Although I do not know how much of the driving force behind the film is Susen's, he definitely stands out the most for his multiple roles. The film inspired me to research the effect of pets on loneliness. I discovered that pet owners have been found to have lower levels of loneliness, and cats and dogs in particular are effective at reducing anxiety. My favorite part of this film is the discovery of the stray cat. Even though all of the previous clues pointed to it, I was still shocked.

The message of this film is that companionship goes a long way and it does not have to be human companionship. Although the change is dramatically shown by the shift in color, the effects are the same in real life. Companionship does not have to come from a human. Pets have many of the same benefits as, and are easier to maintain, than friendships or romantic relationships.

I give Lonesome 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. This film is genuinely enjoyable while also displaying the advantages of companionships and pets and would make a wonderful addition to a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Eden T.

Lonesome is a short and sweet film capturing how a cat benefits both its and a house cleaner's lives! Its use of color changing perfectly highlights the shift in emotions. It also inspires me to look into the benefits of adopting pets for both pets and humans.

The storyline is about a lonely housekeeper whose life is brightened by the discovery of a stray cat.

I like how the adoption benefits both parties. The stray cat is no longer forced to depend on its friend for food, and the house cleaner is no longer miserable at the thought of going to work. One part that stands out is the transition from a more traditional style of film to a slideshow of pictures with the cat. The costumes fit the storyline of the film. The black and white beginning switches to bright colors which illustrates the contrast before and after the emotional changes. I like how the discovery of the cat results in more enthusiasm from the house cleaner when cleaning the house. The music enhances the tone of the story. The switch from bleak music at the beginning, to suspenseful music when chasing the cat, to upbeat music at the end helps us events from different perspectives. A moment that stands out is the sudden shift between gloomy music and more vibrant music during the quest to track down the cat. The film has no special effects, but the closest is when the film suddenly changes from black and white to color. I interpret this as the cat literally "brightening" the housekeeper's world and putting an end to the previous monotony. The actor is Murray Susen, who also writes, directs and edits the film. Sam Gorman and Will Goss are both mentors. Although I do not know how much of the driving force behind the film is Susen's, he definitely stands out the most for his multiple roles. The film inspired me to research the effect of pets on loneliness. I discovered that pet owners have been found to have lower levels of loneliness, and cats and dogs in particular are effective at reducing anxiety. My favorite part of this film is the discovery of the stray cat. Even though all of the previous clues pointed to it, I was still shocked.

The message of this film is that companionship goes a long way and it does not have to be human companionship. Although the change is dramatically shown by the shift in color, the effects are the same in real life. Companionship does not have to come from a human. Pets have many of the same benefits as, and are easier to maintain, than friendships or romantic relationships.

I give Lonesome 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 to 18, plus adults. This film is genuinely enjoyable while also displaying the advantages of companionships and pets and would make a wonderful addition to a KIDS FIRST! Film Festival. Reviewed by Eden T.

A lonely house cleaner finds a friend in a homeless cat, making both their worlds much brighter.
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