Here lies Joe is a 23 minute short film that explores the dark, almost taboo topic of suicidal thoughts but balanced by the lighter subject of friendship. We have the two main characters Joe and Z. Joe and Z are polar opposites, their personalities are different, interests are different and ways of life are different but they both have one thing in common: suicidal tendencies. Unable to see the merit in a support group, they made a decision to end their life together. A plan that didn’t turn out like they expected.
In the beginning, we meet Joe under some very unfortunate circumstances. Joe is preparing for his suicide and he’s determined. He’s taping his windows and he’s taping a pipe connected to his car exhaust. We get Joe’s face reveal and he looks like what you would expect someone preparing for suicide, to look like. He looks like went through hell. His clothes dull, the bags under his eyes dark and puffy, he hasn’t shaved in a long time, his hair and beard unkempt. In addition to that, he looks tired, stressed, uninterested and overwhelmed all at once.
We move into the part of the film where the two main characters meet and a we learn a few things about Joe. Joe is in a suicide prevention group. It’s his first day and looks a little disinterested……. until Z walks in. Z is a young, rebellious, carefree, vibrant, outspoken woman that is a frequent member of the suicide anonymous group. From just looking at her, you would question her attendance because she just doesn’t have the same demeanor as any of the other members of the suicide anonymous group. She sticks out like a sore thumb and Joe really has taken a liking to her. After this meeting and a quick chat, Joe reluctantly gives Z a ride and they end up in a cemetery. This was pretty ironic. Surrounded by death, here, Joe and Z, even though they hardly know each other, a relationship developed and Joe was benefiting the most. Due to Z’s carefree, almost childish behaviour she forced him out of his comfort zone even though he was a bit annoyed, he quickly started to warm up to her. Two strangers went for a innocent car ride and trip ended in a deal to attempt suicide together.
In the last scene, it was the same scene in the beginning where Joe was prepping his car but this time he has Z on the line. The phone call was supposed to end in two deaths but it turned out to be something almost like a date where both Joe and Z got to know each other a little better, realize they had something in common and it brought them closer together. Here lies Joe is a fantastic film.
I realllllllllllly like this short film. I liked it so much I watched it 5 times. Not because I know that I am going to review it, but because I really REALLY enjoyed it. I am a sucker for these types of short films.In addition to all this, I must say that I am glad that in the story, we didn’t get the full reasons behind Joe and Z wanting to attempt suicide. That allowed me to make assumptions and made me want to watch the short film in it’s entirety. Another thing, the title of the film is pretty genius.
I have no complaints. It is a great little short film with a great story line and talented actors and actresses. What more do you need? Check it out!