I have always been a sucker for a good friendship story. So naturally, it was easy for the Oscar nominated short We Can’t Live without Cosmos to win me over.
Cosmos comes out of Russia and is written and directed by Konstantin Boyarsky. It is in 2D and tells the story of two childhood friends who dream of becoming cosmonauts. At the beginning of the film, they get the chance to go up in the space shuttle. We see them train together, clearly loving every second of the experience.
There is even a lovely scene where they bounce on their beds trying for a second to imagine zero gravity together. Finally the time for the shuttle launch comes, and I don’t want to spoil it for you, but it is surprisingly tender and emotional.
The 2D animation in Cosmos is similar to what you might see on television shows like The Simpsons, but it works for the story. The friendship between the two cosmonauts almost feels like a romantic attachment; it is so strong like a deep and abiding life-long friendship. I found that very touching and sweet.
I think anyone who has a best friend or experienced something intense with a friend will relate to We Can’t Live without Cosmos. It’s the kind of short that tells a good, emotional story while keeping things simple and not too obtuse or philosophical. It’s simply a nice story about 2 friends who care deeply for each other. You can’t go wrong with that!
Edited by: Kelly Conley