Falling Leaves

A short film that wears its melancholy lightly. A doctor says that a young woman will die of consumption when the last of the autumn leaves has fallen; there are very different interventions from a doctor and the woman’s young sister. It’s obvious that Alice Guy-Blaché – and narrative cinema itself – had taken great leaps forward by this point in time, and this is clearly the work of a more mature and – perhaps – more confident filmmaker than the three shorts I watched a few nights back. Less than 12 minutes long, on YouTube, and worth a look. (***½)