By Tiffany Laufer | Comedy
A young woman's heartbreak is softened when the most unlikely godmother lends a helping hand.

Anna is having a bad weekend: her boyfriend Eric has just broken up with her — for a college girl — saddling her with all his belongings, including an extensive record collection that dominates the apartment they share together. She questions if she can ever be loved for who she is, and if she’ll ever find love at all.

But when an empty cart finds its way below her apartment, she decides to use it to sell the records. But the cart and its eccentricities seem to waylay her plans, leading her to a few small yet fortuitous encounters that lift her out of her heartbreak, doubt and anger.

Writer-director Tiffany Laufer’s whimsical yet grounded dramedy disguises itself as a slice-of-life narrative about a embittered breakup, but with touches of whimsy and a genuine emotional core, it offers a way to frame the ordinary happenstance of life as the gift that it is.

Funny, quirky flourishes within the scenes enliven a narrative that may seem modest in scope, but within that smaller scale is a relatability that forms part of the story’s charm and resonance and fits into the ordinary surfaces of the film’s world.

Within the quotidian, the film’s little touches of whimsy seem to hint at the fairy tale that life can be, whether it’s in the way the cart seems to have a mind of its own or the animal hat that Anna uses to escape being seen by her now-ex. These quirks are rendered in a casual, even offhand way, emerging organically from awkward situations or character behavior, which prevents them from being too mannered or cutesy.

As the storytelling ambles along, it seems to relax within itself as Anna does. By the time she runs into one of her students, it allows her to soften enough to find a tiny yet lovely way to enjoy life again, ending an everyday fairy tale on a note of heartwarming hope.

“Cart” contains itself to a seemingly small goal, but in mining that simple errand for its full transformative potential, it offers a universal emotional arc, one that makes meaning out of pain and finds relief and comfort from the tumult of life. Other films may be more ambitious in its aims and execution, but it’s fitting that a film that can fashion an amiable fairy tale from the stuff of everyday life ultimately becomes a fable about finding contentment in the face of it all.

You Might Also Like:

The Goodnight Show

By Charlie Schwan | Drama
A virgin tries to get laid before an unstoppable asteroid ends the world.

Naysayer ft. Steven Yeun

By David M. Helman | Drama
A young father who's cut off from his son takes matters into his own hands.


By Benjamin Bee | Drama
An ultra-Orthodox Jew reunites with his twin brother for their father's funeral.


By Kaveh Mazaheri | Drama
An Iranian woman's husband has an accident at home... and she just watches him die.

Stealing Silver ft. Maisie Williams

By Mark Lobatto | Drama
A woman uncovers the truth about the man living across from her.

Joseph’s Reel

By Michael Lavers | Romance
An elderly man is given the opportunity to relive one day of his life.


By Devon Manney | Animation
A veteran soldier who loses both arms battles phantom pains and memories of a pre-war life.

Hold On

By Charlotte Scott-Wilson | Drama
A young cellist develops stage fright after a string comes lose during a big performance.

Don’t Be a Hero

By Pete Lee | Drama
A woman battles her loneliness by robbing banks as a cowboy on her lunch break.

Our Kind of Love

By Elham Ehsas and Azeem Bhati | Romance
An Afghan village girl goes on her first date in London.

Lost and Found

By Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe | Animation
A clumsy crochet dinosaur must unravel itself to save the love of its life.

Edmund the Magnificent ft. David Bradley & Ian McKellen

By Ben Ockrent | Comedy
A farmer invests his savings in a piglet.


By Joe Gillette | Romance
2 strangers at a wedding reception make an unexpected connection.

Exit Strategy

By Travis Bible | Sci-Fi
A man in a time-loop must work with his brother to prevent a catastrophic fire.


By Georgi Bank-Davies | Romance
A young woman wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy.

Your favorite short films you haven't seen yet.

Inspiring and insightful. Entertaining and enlightening.
That's what you can expect here: no fluff. Just a steady
stream of the best films delivered to your inbox.