Follow Your Heart (2015)

Animated short film

★★★★ Watched 10 Aug, 2020

The story about a broken heart has been told many times, but new generations still find new ways to express this timeless human experience. Nicely animated, with heart nonetheless, a metaphor of lost love and heartbreak conveyed through a relationship between a dog and the mistress. I guess in this case the mistress is the brain and the dog is literally shaped like a heart that the logical part of the brain tries to cheer up. But the heart has “its own mind” and escapes, chasing after a soulmate. This part feels like an homage to the opening scene of one of my favorite Disney classic One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), where the dog plays a big part in finding and connecting the main couple of the story.

Most of these types of stories are based on personal experience and that’s why the best of them feel so familiar and true as well as awkward. As you get older you have seen and sometimes experienced countless variations on the subject, but each of them remains important for the younger generations to see that as much as the world is changing the emotional struggles of humans remain the same throughout the centuries.

I can wholeheartedly agree with this message since I am where I am because I have followed my heart across two continents.

Source: Letterboxd
Info: IMDb, Official

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