This is a very short film inspired by a six-word micro-short story attributed to Ernest Hemingway.
The opening credits roll over shots of a bookcase with family pictures—a baby, a little boy, and a wedding, among others. The viewer hears “Suo Gan,” a lovely traditional Welsh lullaby sung by the Choir of King’s College. It ends on a pink memo: “Fuck C.”
Sara (Adria K. Hernandez) sits at a word processor trying to type an ad while John (Juan Carlos Hernández), her husband, makes noise working on a skateboard. When she complains that he’s distracting her, he apologizes and says, “I just want to make sure the next person who rides this doesn’t break a bone or something.”
What makes this film is the final scene. The actors aren’t even facing the camera, which focuses on the ad Sara has just taped to a light pole. The skateboard is a symbol of hope the couple had for their son. They can laugh and joke; it doesn’t hide their grief. They love each other. They are together.
I found this lovely and poignant, as short as this was.
“A Simple Ad” can be watched here.
Edited to add (belatedly…): Full disclosure: the writer of the film is an old friend of mine.
Title: A Simple Ad (2019)
Juan Carlos Hernández
Adria K. Hernandez…Sara
Juan Carlos Hernández…John