When you watch a lot of short films you sometimes get jaded. Tropes are echoed, devices are replicated and too many times films are based around an easy-to-guess twist or high concept.
‘Caterwaul’ is very different. It does what I feel every great short film should do; it tells a story, pure and simple. The fact that it does so by showing us an old man’s relationship with a lobster makes it all the more intriguing. But when you get down to the meat of it, the lobster isn’t a gimmick, it’s instead a way to draw greater attention to the important relationships in all of our lives.
People come into our lives, we have life altering moments, and then they fade away. Huge congratulations to filmmaker Ian Samuels for this incredible piece of work.