If you haven’t seen Gravity, stop reading this. It’s perhaps the year’s most perfect film, and I wouldn’t want you to ruin that experience.
If you’ve seen the film, you’ll remember a scene when Sandra Bullock’s character Ryan Stone makes a distress call to Earth. Holed up in a space capsule, with little hope of survival, Stone makes small talk with a man speaking a foreign language. He dubs her “Mayday” and, for just over six minutes, she reflects on life and death.
Up until now, we don’t know where he is, or what he’s saying as he replies to her. There’s a barking dog and a crying baby, but his location is unknown.
Well, a seven-minute companion piece, titled Aningaaq, by Jonas Cuaron, son of Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron, has surfaced that answers the question of who was on the other end of the line.
Stone is talking to an Inuit fisherman who is struggling with the idea of having to let go of his dying dog.
“It’s this moment where the audience and the character get this hope that Ryan is finally going to be OK,” Jonas told THR. “Then you realize that everything gets lost in translation.”
The short film was meant to be part of Gravity’s Blu-ray release, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner has submitted it for Oscar consideration in the live-action short category.
With a reported $100,000 budget, the short stands up on its own merits. But if both Aningaaq and Gravity are nominated for Oscars, that would have to be a first I think.
I’m sure pet owners will agree – the last scene is heartbreaking. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments.