Netflix is coming up with 12 minute long animated short movie, “If Anything Happens I Love You”. This sentence or phrase itself is enough to send chills down one’s spine and even more if it is coming from a loved one of yours. Now, just imagine that sentence coming from a child to their parent. Just imagine, yourself sending that message or you being on the receiving end of that message from your child. In both the places the heart is nothing but shattered.
If Anything Happens I Love You is a story of grief and sorrow and one going through it. It shows how a couple goes through the same grief but how they process individually is completely different. This is what happens when someone is taken away from you. The movie is based on Gun Violence, it speaks about gun violence of all kinds but is majorly based on school shooting. The movie show how they loose their only child and they process through it.
Gun violence, anywhere around the world is one of the biggest crime and when someone taken away from you because of this, there is nothing one can do to heal it. It is already hard to process a death that isn’t related to shooting or gunshots. Imagine loosing someone in a blink of an eye because some maniac thought would be fun to “play” with guns. At that point, we don’t loose them, they are TAKEN away from us, without permission forever.
Shootings in school have been one of the major crimes over the years in the USA because of an age-old amendment that they refuse to change, but shootings isn’t only limited to their country. We have seen few years ago, how our neighboring country, Pakistan went through a same tragedy. Problem is you can never be sure. It can happen in any place and in any country. It’s easy for every one of us to take out and scream those slogans but when will those people in the chairs feel the pain and need to change law?
These animated movie speaks volumes in those 12 minutes in its heart wrenching in all sense. Even watching the trailer can make you all sorts of emotions and that itself is just few seconds long.
These story needs to be heard and watched by everyone, everywhere irrespective of the fact how crime free your country or state is.
The movie was screened at the 2020 Indy Shorts International Film Festival. The movie is co-written and directed by Michael Govier and Will McCormack. The animation is done by the brilliant team of Animation Director Youngran Nho. This piece of art has already garnered a lot of accolades in the opening night itself and I believe will continue to do so and continue to tell the reality of grief.