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a short film by Dustin Shroff.

2012 | 6 mins | US.

a delightful, yet so telling short on the gender colour codes of life.

starring: Carson Trinity Haverda as the Boy and Greg Baglia as the Dad.

Official Synopsis:

Chris has come to the store with his dad to spend his allowance. His heart is set on getting a bouncy ball, but all of the balls in the ball cage are bright pink ... except for one deflated green ball. Ultimately Chris must make a choice: is it okay for boys to play with the bright pink balls, or will he take home the deflated green one?

Dave says:

Beautifully played from start to finish, frankly the official synopsis tells you all you need to know about the story to this short short; apart that is from stating which colour ball Chris eventually opts for. And I'm certainly not going to reveal that here. What I will add is that within six minutes and with little dialogue, writer and director Dustin Shroff brilliantly illustrates the seemingly inherent gender "pink for a girl" colour codes of life.

Indeed and with Greg Baglia as 'the Dad' having all but a cameo appearance, this is in essence a one-boy show that finds Carson Trinity Haverda excel as Chris; a sweet young boy whose heart is filled with joy at being let loose in a toy shop, smiling from cheek to cheek when out of his father's sight he's alone to play with bouncy balls - that just happen to be pink. In short, this magical sequence makes for one of the most joyous scenes that I've seen in a short film for a long time.

Yet the gender colour codes of life are already in place and in the final frames we get to learn whether or not Chris will choose pink, or go down the path that society and indeed his own father dictates. Delightful, yet so telling.

Gay Visibility - telling. 
Overall - file under ... 3+ stars. 

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