#SHORTVIEW: “Little Shop” by Constantin Jahns

Synopsis:

When Alex is tasked to get his father’s bankrupt antique shop to a close, he gets conflicted – and instead of carrying out his task, he decides to try to revive the shop. A race against the clock begins…


THEY’RE LOST FOREVER


> Why did you choose to make a short movie out of this script in particular?

When I read the script, I loved the father-son dynamic that it presented. I could immediately relate to their situation – not necessarily that of losing a business, but that of struggling with finding their own place and having trouble communicating with each other.

It seems to me that, for some reason, fathers never show love to their children the way that mothers do, and are usually a lot more distant. In the same way, we men don’t talk often about feelings between each other. I never really understood why. The film shows this struggle that these two men have when trying to fix the current situation, but also to show their real feelings to each other, in the meantime.

> One of the main themes of your film is the “value” of the old. Do you think that old objects have a special value of their own?

Value is very personal and subjective, but I do think that every object has a history of its own, and if you are interested in that, you may find a very personal value for that particular object.

> The society portrayed in the film doesn’t seem to care about the old, focusing instead on the new and flashy. Is our current society like that?

Absolutely. Nowadays it seems that everything has to go faster and faster. We are getting more and more impatient about the simple things in life, the things that really matter. We don’t take the time anymore to appreciate the things around us. Everybody seems more and more focused on themselves, without caring about the others.

Sometimes I hope we would look away from our smartphones more, and really look at people in the face, and give us time to listen to their stories, and their problems. Displaying a little bit more compassion between us wouldn’t hurt.

> Our own little shops, like the one on your film, have been disappearing through the ages. Do you think we’ve lost something in the process?

I think we are losing something, definitely, on a personal level. Small stores rely much more on personal contacts and good relationships between the customers and the store owners, but bigger stores don’t really care if they can’t convince a customer to buy a certain object. They just move on to the next one. There is no reason for them to “waste” their time and give customers a detailed explanation of things. It’s just like working on an assembly line.

Gladly, some smaller stores are coming back. There will always be a market for the retro stuff, like vinyl, and things like that, I think. It’s like most things in life: you only appreciate the value of something once it is not there anymore. Some things can come back, but some things, once you lose them, they’re lost forever.


Constantin defined himself as a “big lover” of genre films, and at the point of the interview, was looking forward to making a great thriller or horror feature film.