Historia de un Letrero (The Story of a Sign)

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With a stroke of the pen, a stranger transforms the afternoon for another man in this emotionally stirring short film by Alonso Alvarez.

Alonso Alvarez Barreda won the NFB Online Competition Cannes 2008 (featured previously at Neatorama) with the short film Historia de un Letrero (The Story of a Sign). Link -via Viral Video Chart

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I don't like those over simplistic messages, where they try to make you feel like you can change the world with a witty rephrasing. Fuck that, it's way more complicated than they want to make believe, It kinda reminds me of the rich 'hippies' I knew.
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If a study in compassion -- freely giving of talent and time that alters someone's circumstances for the better, instead of taking the easy way out by tossing a coin -- is "cheesy", then I hope that my pantry is someday full of waxed rounds.

I would rather see hundreds of shorts like this than some dark, angst-ridden, self-indulgent piece of "art" that might be a masterpiece of cinema or technical achievement, but as cold and barren as the middle of Antarctica.

"hark" and "Ty" -- if you like this, you'd enjoy Chaplin's "City Lights" a great deal.
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