There is no two ways about it … this is one very trippy short film but that doesn’t stop it from being a beautifully done one even if the subject matter isn’t.
The story here is about what happens to some astronauts after escaping their doomed spaceship and land, well sort of, on a planet. The short film has one many accolades on the festival circuit and deserves every single one of them.
The synopsis from the film’s Vimeo page:
One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.