I have a great deal of respect for short films in general. This is because when done well they can tell a fully fleshed out and emotionally engaging story within minutes, rather than hours.
It is particularly impressive when a filmmaker tackles a subject such as dealing with the grief of losing a life partner, and makes it a flawless and complete story. This is exactly what was achieved by Kevin Slack, the writer and director of The Drought.
This is a film I discovered a couple of years ago on Vimeo. Since that time I have found myself revisiting it again and again, and always enjoying it more with each viewing. The performances are all wonderful, particularly Edmund Lyndeck (whom you may recognise from Enchanted, Big Daddy or Road Trip) as the lead character. His pain is so believable and his character demands empathy in a role that provides very little by way of dialogue.
For me this is the perfect kind of short film. I hope you love it as much as I do.