The Trail's End is a poem written by Bonnie Parker, famous for being one half of the bank robbing duo Bonnie & Clyde. David Rosenbaum takes the Bonnie & Clyde story as inspiration for his sci-fi romance. In a futuristic world, a man is living in the next door apartment to a girl he sees but never talks to. When he hears her apparently being beaten-up he feels he has no choice but to intervene.
True, written and directed by Tom Tykwer (best known for the manic Run Lola Run), and starring Natalie Portman, was commissioned as one of the segments of Paris, Je T'aime - a collection of short films financed by the French capital in order to promote the city. It is one of the few that stands on its own. Portman plays a young actress studying at the Conservatoire, who falls for a blind Frenchman. The film starts with what is apparently her break-up telephone call.
Post-it Love, written and directed by British duo Simon Atkinson & Adam Townley (thus Si & Ad) is just about as close to perfection as you can get in a romantic short film. Like the similarly brilliant Signs (above), Post-it Love shows us two shy office workers looking for love but unable to say so overtly. There is some suspension of disbelief needed but these are romance shorts made for the silver screen!
The story for Paperman, fairly reminiscent of the nicely made live-action short Signs, came from Clio Chiang and Kendelle Hoyer and won everyone involved, including Disney, an Oscar. I have to admit I find the generic Disney characteristics somewhat kitsch but this animation is certainly likeable. It follows the story of a man who has a brief encounter with a woman and sees she works in the office block opposite him.... but how to get her attention?