A woman moves in to the apartment next to a man who suffers from the anxiety disorder "Agoraphobia". This man who never leaves his own home slowly starts a relationship with the woman by only listening to her sounds through the wall.
Sean Hood is a man who's been working with minor things on major films. He was a set dresser on titles like "Godzilla" (US remake) and "Soldier", and he's been swing gang (look it up) on "Last Action Hero", "Primal Fear" and "Fight Club", to name a few. Of course, he's done bigger things than that, more specifically writing. He wrote "Cube 2", to name one of the bigger titles. Yet Sean Hood has only directed two films, the short film "The Shy and The Naked", and of course this, "Melancholy Baby".
"Melancholy Baby" is a short film about a man who suffers from Agoraphobia, a disorder where you feel the need to be in a safe place, often your own home, in case of a panic attack. The man sits in his dark apartment all alone, assorting small objects into jars, while drumming his fingers against eachother, day in and day out. Until one day, when a blonde woman moves in next door. By looking through vents and listening for sound through walls, the man gets more and more interested in the life of this person. When he one day hear her talking to an ex-boyfriend in the phone, and notices that there's a fight between them, he starts to worry.
The movie is just a bit over 14 minutes long, but I felt that when the movie was over, I want much more. Just like many films that deals with disorders, you get dragged into the movie in a matter of seconds. Atleast when it comes to films with some form of thought put into it, like this one, of course. The film could easily have been a full length feature, and especially with the way the film ends. I was pleased with the ending, but it still felt like the beginning of the rest of the film, if you know what I mean. Sean Hood did a great job on it, and it shows that the man knows plenty about making films, even though he hasn't directed more than a few shorts. He uses colors, sounds, angles and even the actors perfectly to get the right claustrophobic-esque feel. One example is that the light outside of his own apartment is very yellow and bright, while his apartment is all dark with blue-ish contrasts. Let's just pray that he will make a feature film one day, and that he'll give that project as much love as he clearly gave this one. Hollywood needs a new talent, 'cause they seem to fade away pretty fast after they reach a big success.
I highly recommend "Melancholy Baby" to anyone. It's a very dark yet happy film, and I actually do believe that you can enjoy this film no matter what your regular taste is. It's a good film in every aspect, and the only problem I had with it was that it ended. Add another hour on this and it could've been amazing, but being a short feature, it will remain unseen just like so many other wonderful short films I have watched. It's a shame.