#SHORTVIEW: “Latchkey Kids”, by Elad Goldman

Synopsis:

Gur and his sister Daniel return to their empty home every day after school. While Daniel tries to cope with the world outside, Gur still feels home is his only safe shelter and womb.


BREAKING THEIR SOLITUDE


> Which were your inspirations in making this film?

On one side, deeper than the story about the brothers, there’s a story about loneliness, and about coming of age. That was my starting point. I wanted to deal with this “period” of life, this element of discovering your sexuality, and losing your innocence.

And also, it’s pretty common for some children in Israel to be alone for a lot of hours throughout the day, so I wondered what kind of things could happen in those scenarios. I’ve heard stories about brothers falling in love and things like that, and I wanted to explore a story like that. Funny enough, when I did the casting for this movie, I met some actors who told me that they’ve lived through similar situations – which, to me, was very shocking.

> The parents of the protagonists do not appear in the whole movie – why is that the case?

You know, when you’re a parent, you want to give your children the best life and future that you can, and in these days, it means working a lot, working more and more hours, and obviously, there’s a problem there. It’s a trap: you work a lot, because you want a better life for your children, but then, your children never get to see you, so they don’t get a good life. It’s a dilemma that a lot of parents have to face, and usually, it’s the children who pay the price.

> The brother acts as a constant pushback against the decisions of the sister – what may be the reason to act in this way?

I think that the brothers had nothing but each other, so they became kind of parents to each other – father and mother to themselves, so to speak. In this kind of scenario, it’s natural to become almost like a couple, a kind of “we’re against the world”, so when the girl gets a boyfriend, it means going out to the world, and breaking their solitude. So, for the brother, it’s not that easy – and that’s why he tries to hold her, like, “don’t go, don’t leave me here alone”.

> Do you think there may be any solutions to such a situation?

I don’t know – I think it’s a hard question, and you know, right after I finished the film, I wanted to make a full feature to continue with the story, and explore what may happen next. I still can’t find a definite answer: I think they’re stuck, and the only way in which they could get out of it, I think, would be through the actions of an outer force. Something like the boyfriend of the sister, but stronger.

If I had to guess, I’d say that there are only two extreme situations possible, moving forward: either they’d end up living together, as a couple, literally speaking, and live their lives as an “incestuous” marriage – or they’d be broken apart, and stop talking between each other, and never see each other again. To me, these are the only possible scenarios. But I couldn’t say which one would be the most probable.


Despite being a fresh parent, at the point of the interview, Elad was still managing to work as a director and cinematographer, moving forward some commercial projects, and developing another short film based on similar themes that could not be disclosed at the moment.