Short Film Review “Dust Bunnies”



First, the Recap:

Sometimes, it’s little things that can cause such a pestering, seemingly never-ending annoyance to our day-to-day lives, interfering with multiple facets of objectives we have, and truly upending our peace of mind. Therefore, the question still stands–do you handle such distractions, or do they handle you? Newlyweds Adam (David Younger) and Eve (Katarzyna Kochany) arrive to their pristine future home, with Adam more than eager to get their married life started with a touch of romance. While Eve seems mildly put off at his enthusiasm, things suddenly hit a slight snag–the presence of dust bunnies.

With each passing moment the couple attempts to feel settled into what the day and evening will bring, the little floating nuisances seem to have a mind of their own, popping up everywhere, and diverting Adam especially from the amorous intentions he has towards his new bride. As Adam begins to become obsessed with getting rid of the pesky dust bunnies and protecting a valued piece of personal property to boot, it soon creates tension between him and Eve. As this conflict comes to a head, Eve receives an encouragement from the last source anyone would expect to help salvage a shared love.

Next, my Mind:

With its fresh utilization of a strictly images and music format to weave the story being presented, writer/director/producer/editor Kochany’s 6-minute short film is an absolutely charming, innocently humorous, totally adorable slice of romantic comedy that I dare you not to smile at from beginning to very poignant finale. Able to tackle themes of love, persevering through difficulties, and accepting in new ways what’s most important in life, the delightful, winsome narrative unfolds effectively with the accompiament of perfectly suited music that very much aids in eliciting the intended emotional impact for the viewer. The wonderfully cute animated aspects of the film are simply enchanting as well.

Younger is very much solid as Adam, presenting a man who’s so overtly happy with the prospects of married life, the couple’s new home, and what the future might hold, though at the same time, also trying to hang on to a token that represents lingering focus on himself rather than others. Younger’s portrayal of Adam’s personal transformation is truly great. Similarly, Kochany’s Eve is a study in a woman who’s also ready to experience this next step in her own journey, fully committed to Adam, yet struggling with the fact he isn’t one hundred percent there as he should be when it comes to deep, rooted-in-the-heart love. Watching the couple fight through these inner battles is also effectively portrayed by the actors.

Add to all of this the completely endearing title characters and their mix of mischief and unanticipated wisdom–you will never, ever think about them the same way again! Overall, “Dust Bunnies” is amazing alone by the fact someone was able to create such an engaging film with this as the primary subject, much less have them be turned from an irritation to marriage counselors, and it works–really, really well! Again, this reviewer has to indicate that it all keeps illustrating the magic of independent thinking translated into independent films that more than deserve to be lauded and recognized.

As always, this is all for your consideration and comment.  Until next time, thank you for reading!



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