This week’s short film pick comes to us from director Max Barbakow with Cuddle Buddy, a sweet, funny, 10-minute short about a depressed woman who hires a cuddle service around the holidays as a last ditch effort to relieve just a sliver of her pain. Services like this do exist, and while I originally dismissed them as silly, after seeing this film I can now understand the importance of services like this that provide a simple human connection.
Check out the film below and if you like it, consider voting for it at this season’s Fandependent Film Festival at fandependentfilms.com where it’s competing for a $1000 prize.
Regina has sequestered herself in her Los Angeles apartment over the holidays. Frustrated by her own depression and inability to cope, she calls a Professional Cuddling service. When her eager Cuddler, Clara, arrives and the two attempt their first cuddle, Regina rejects the sudden intimacy and cuts the session short. Determined to help, Clara pursues Regina but is met with hostility. She confronts Regina and incites a break in her icy veneer. In the ensuing tide of vulnerability, the two women attempt a second cuddle and find true connection.
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