I was never one for short films nor subtitles but one thing I know is you can’t kill what you haven’t tried and so I started my quest of trying out what I hadn’t seen before from the world of the subtitled dramas and the short film that were taking over so many film festivals and awards.
I was recommended to watch a short film that was subtitled and had its own take on the biggest moment of our life. The time when we realize were no longer teens but adults, our coming of age story. This short film is honestly beautiful and hits so many topics in such a short period of time and is definitely worth the watch so here’s to “Even cowboys get to cry” to those who haven’t seen it.
At 18-years-old, Sven and Gijs are best friends on the cusp of adventure: clubbing, meeting girls, planning their trip to South America on motorbikes. No one can stop them. But just like that, the fragility of life rushes towards them when Gijs is put into a coma after intervening in a fight to protect Sven.
Even Cowboys Get to Cry illustrates the rapid and ruthless coming-of-age for the boys, propelled into adulthood by an accident that brings fear, guilt, anger and the precariousness of their friendship. It’s the graduation film of Amsterdam-born Mees Peijnenburg of the Netherlands Film Academy, exploring the reality of friendship, growing up and painful emotion.
“I recalled a sentence my best friend told me when we were 12-years-old,” says director Peijnenburg. “He told me back then that if you never cry, your tears will dry and so you could never cry again. As a 12-year-old I really thought this could be true, since I didn’t cry so much.
When life gets real, and pain is around the corner, everybody is swiped away by tears. Even cowboys, the symbol of the alpha male.”
Peijnenburg captures a story close to him, that happened to people he knew. While playing with the plot, the ‘emotional rollercoaster’ that he witnessed is raw and real.
Sven and Gijs find each other again, but the journey ahead is long. “I wanted to make an homage to friendship,” he explains. “Show people the fighting spirit inside people’s emotions when it comes to those you really care about.”- DAZED