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If Anything Happens I Love You

My favorite film, If Anything Happens I Love You, was nominated for a 2021 Oscar for best animated short.

This great animated film doesn’t have dialogue, and depicts the deep grief of parents who lost their daughter in a school shooting.

Some scenes are very haunting and upsetting, and the result is extremely devastating, but it ultimately fills me with the hope for the future.

What I fear the most in my life is to lose my loved ones. I cannot bear to even imagine it. That’s why, I’m ashamed to say, I have hesitated to watch these types of films or documentaries before. Yes, confronting loss and grief is too painful, but now I found one thing through this beautiful film: seeing something with your own eyes, even if it’s art, not just seeing written words, is truly essential to interpreting ourselves and reviewing how we should live better.

If Anything Happens I Love You. This is the title of the film, but also the text message from the girl — whenever I think about the sorrow, depression, and love behind this message, I cannot help myself feeling so sad, but at the same time, I feel like this story rings a bell for everyone, that we might happen to come across this absolute worst part in our lives. Unfortunately, we tend to take our lives for granted, and easily forget how precious life is.

I’m so blessed that I am able to come across a film like this, that could be a kind of reminder for me to cherish every single moment of my life.

The 93rd Academy Awards will take place next week. I’m strongly hoping that this film will win the animated short Oscar.

It’s only twelve minutes long, the art style is minimal and colorless, and not a single word is spoken, but it truly, completely conveys an important message.

This gentle yet brilliant and powerful film is definitely worth watching for everyone who has loved ones.