Five friends plan the perfect goodbye for one of them who has diagnosed with terminal cancer. The plan is to each find a piece that connects them, an item that's very personal to them and their friendship, and burn that in a big fire.
"Infinite" is a short drama that reminds its viewers of their friends', family's and their own mortality in just 16 minutes. Sure, it brings out some of the cheap tricks in the book to do it - by being very direct and very sentimental about it. At times perhaps too much, but just the right amount to hit you "right in the feels" as the cool kids would say.
The premise is very, very basic and that's a big strength. A member of a tight group of friends is dying of cancer, and he asks the group to all bring an item that connects them to him and a specific word that is important to him. The items are to be burned in a big fire that will take place on their big goodbye party that he wants to have before he gets too sick to have one.
The short is far from subtle. Many short films nowadays try to give you a twist at the end, and in this film's case it would have incredibly easy for them to reveal in the end that one of them is dying. No, "Infinite" says it right up front and there are no twists and turns ahead. It's quite a beautiful little film, one so sincere that it was hard to believe. The only big thing that we don't know from the start is exactly what each friend will bring to the fire, and that's yet again when the movie excels at being honest and sweet. Yes, the short film pours emotions on you and at times it might feel a bit cliché and melodramatic. Imagine it like a discussion about death when you're drunk: when you think back to it, it might take some pride to admit a few awkward things were said, but in the moment it's incredibly true. "Infinite" feels refreshingly pure.
I think that "Infinite" is a short film that succeeds by being exactly what it looks like. It's a little bit too sweet, a little bit cliché in its "friends forever" theme, but it's somehow the perfect balance at the same time. I sucked it all up! Death is inevitable. It seems so far away, but it's not. This is a very nice short that illustrates this. It's not somber and overly artistic, rather it's a celebration. I'm happy the filmmakers decided to create this, and it was a nice change to review. It's no wonder that they call themselves Lowkey Films!