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ONE LEFT

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by Sebastian Doringer

grade: 7

Topics such as death, life and the time we have left are the absolute protagonists. Our life often depends on how we ourselves deal with it. One Left by Sebastian Doringer is a hymn to life, a message of hope that comes to us like a fresh spring breeze.

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A doctor’s office. Many patients are waiting for their turn. Many of them, however, are about to receive bad news. And often they do not even have time to realise this. But what if, finally, someone decides to take control of their life, regardless of what they are told? This complex topic is dealt with ironically and lightly in the animated short film One Left, directed by young director Sebastian Doringer in 2020 and which has won numerous awards at national and international festivals.

The characters in One Left, therefore, only have a few minutes to live. Some even just a few seconds. The protagonist, a young man, observes what is happening before his eyes and waits worriedly for his turn. The keys of the computer on which a clerk at the reception desk is typing make a cold, disturbing noise. Just like every time a new number appears on the display in the waiting room. The dialogues are few and essential. The patients’ reactions are often very different.

One Left stages a decidedly extreme situation with just the right touch of irony. The vivid, bright colours of the protagonists contrast with the grey of the doctor’s office and the aseptic white of the waiting room. Two-dimensional, well-defined pictures prove to be the winning solution in staging a simple and complex, short and direct story, which in about six minutes makes the viewer think, but also smile. There is no need, in One Left, for redundant virtuosity or special effects. This little and interesting short film by Sebastian Doringer needs nothing else to stage what it wants to communicate to us.

Topics such as death, life and the time we have left are the absolute protagonists. Our life often depends on how we ourselves deal with it. One Left is a hymn to life, a message of hope that comes to us like a fresh spring breeze. Even if we find ourselves inside a cold doctor’s office. Even when someone thinks they know more than we do about what we are and what we will be. The young director, for his part, has handled all these elements well, giving his work a marked personality, drawing inspiration from what has been made around the world, but at the same time finding his own style.

And so, once again, Austrian animation cinema – a film genre to which, unfortunately, due attention is not always paid – is enriched with a little gem and a prmoising name. A name that undoubtedly still has a lot of experience to gain, but which, for the moment, seems to have found its own way. We will see what other nice surprises it has in store for us.

Original title: One Left
Directed by: Sebastian Doringer
Country/year: Austria / 2020
Running time: 6’
Genre: animation, comedy
Screenplay: Sebastian Doringer
Cinematography: Sebastian Doringer
Produced by: University of Applied Arts Vienna

Info: the page of One Left on the website of Sebastian Doringer