The short and the short of it: Is devotion reciprocated in Rust in Peace?

(image via Vimeo (c) Will Welles)

An abandoned robot awakens alone in a junkyard. He travels home, to his creator’s ranch, to see if the love he feels is returned. Written & Directed by: Will Welles / Starring: Rhys Coiro & Douglas Tait.
(synopsis via Vimeo)

“Why am I not home?”

Those quietly poignant words set the emotionally resonant tone for Will Welles’ affecting short film Rust in Peace which explores what happens when life moves on and leaves someone obliviously behind.

That someone is the robot protagonist who wakes up in a junkyard, notes with considerable bewilderment that he is far from home and sets off to reunite with his owner who doesn’t react in the way his creation expects.

Explaining exactly what transpires would be to ruin the ending of a film which hits you with all the feels and then some.

It is an extraordinarily beautiful piece of filmmaking that will leave you cherishing those you love and praying that the bonds endure for the rest of time.

Because the alternative is too heartbreaking to contemplate.

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