15 have passed and Roberto is still in love with his neighbor, but she prefers to hide ashamed of her body. With his art and an old clothesline as the only ways of communication, Roberto has a plan to push his beloved for face her monsters at once.
ROBERTO is just heartwarming and moving. With beautiful animation, amazing character design, it is visually splendid. But it isn’t just appealing to watch: it tells a bittersweet story in an incredible way, with no words needed, given the capability of the characters to speak with their expressions and bodies, as if they were real. Roberto is in love with his neighbor since they were children, but she is ashamed of her body and sees nothing but fat and failure in herself. Despite not being able to communicate with her, he keeps on drawing and painting little hearts for her, moving a clothesline to deliver them under her window. The girl keeps them all, returning his feelings, but she’s too hunted by her own image to respond. The sequences where the images of models and the Disney princess she kept, laught at her, is just brilliant, able to express the feelings of people with eating disorders in a simple yet very effective way.
We won’t spoil the ending, but it is surprising and shocking, delivering the serious and important message on body positivity even better. The sequence in which the girl realizes everything is strong and powerful. ROBERTO leaves you with a smile and more sensitivity on the topic.
ROBERTO won the Miranda category at Amarcort Film Festival 2020, part of a special program for children in schools: it was voted by students themselves, who decided that it was the best of the selection. But it doesn’t come as a surprise that ROBERTO has won many other awards, just to name same of them: Best Animated Short Film Award at Olympia Film Festival for Children and Young, Best Short Film at Festival Cinema di Frontiera, Best Script at Chaniartoon Comic & Animation Film Festival and many many more.
Director: Carmen Córdoba González
Running time: 9