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Short Film: I Love You So Much by Leah Shore

“To try to write love is to confront the muck of language; that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive (by the limitless expansion of the ego, by emotive submersion) and impoverished (by the codes on which love diminishes and levels it).” Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse.

The muck of romantic language — spoken, inscribed on the body and splattered, along with images, on the screen — is the subject of Leah Shore’s latest short film, I Love You So Much. Shore made our 25 New Faces list back in ’13, and I Love You So Much is her first to mix live action with animation. “I like to make an audience feel a little uneasy,” Shore told Filmmaker‘s Sarah Salovaara. “People either love my films or hate them, and I kind of like that.” Indeed, viewers will either relate to or feel queasy around this latest short as it captures a moment when the words “I love you” are both too little and too much.

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