United Kingdom, 5 min
In the British countryside, director Toby Bull observes the sheep that live on the land where his parents were buried several years ago. Talking to his brother on the phone, they start a conversation about the means of communication between the animal kingdom, that of the living and that of the dead. An original perspective on bereavement, tackled with humour and tenderness.
In the British countryside of Shropshire, director Toby Bull observes a flock of sheep living on the land where his parents were buried several years ago. While he is deep within his thoughts, his phone rings and he starts a conversation with his brother about the modes of communication between the animal kingdom, that of the living and that of the dead—and the possible forms of intimacy that could arise from their existence. Do sheep realise that they spend their days on tombs? Do they know who these people are, buried beneath the ground they live on? Do the dead sense the presence of their loved ones when they come to visit them? The dialogue between the two brothers takes on a whole other dimension when confronted with the looks and movement of the animals, which are all that the images show. An essay full of humour and tenderness that offers a unique perspective on bereavement, and the infinite uncertainties it confronts us with.