ALT | International Shorts
A substitute teacher is about to dismiss her last class of the week when a boy stands up demanding restitution from his classmates for all the bullying he has endured… Bullying is a hot topic these days, and this Swedish short takes a wonderfully original approach to addressing the issue. We watch from from the perspective of new student Cleo as she follows classmates discussing the standoff in real time through phone texts. This second layer of communication reveals some surprising attitudes towards the victim as he refuses to back down - and towards Cleo when she tries to join in. A marvelously well-made film that captures all the digital dynamics of this generation, for better or worse.