Hank Green, 1/2 of the founders of the internet community The Vlogbrothers, and lead in his notable short-film, Hank Et L'Arbre (Hank And The Tree), developed what can only be described as a modern classic, and immaculate derivation of the French romance for The Worldbuilders Campaign after reaching the milestone, $350,000.
Hank et L'Arbre, is a beautiful story of romantic intertwining, and how our roles as protectors of nature, and the fond appreciation that we have for it, has changed with time, instigated by the opening scene as Hank walks across the clearing, representative of our awakening from the past indifference.
Jumping right into the review, we're introduced to a minimalistic setting with but two main characters, intertwined by raw passion and chemistry, the likes of which pale some of the modern romances of today's movies, and dare I say, some of the classics as well.
Hank plays himself in a role that can only be described as one he was, without a doubt, born to play, opposite, Teresa The Tree.
The short-film wastes no time bringing these two characters together, as Hank approaches slowly from across the clearing, slowly unbuttons his shirt (a spicy, titillating sight that absolutely hooks the viewer), and tenderly lusts for his female lead, softly groping and yearning every second they stand apart, just inches from each other.
Ever the gentleman, Hank Green kisses Teresa on the acorn, a nice touch as the film being shot in black and white, and the music used is inherent with classic romances, and immediately sets this movie apart from its modern counterparts as being as tasteful as it is fervent.
Your heart will skip a beat upon seeing these two embrace onscreen. I applauded immediately as Hank's lips grazed the jagged edges of Teresa's bark. Truly a master of his craft, Green wastes no effort fully immersing himself into the role, displaying no break from character or conflicting emotion on his face about what he's doing. At the end, Hank gracefully throws his button-up over the high branch out of frame, and we come to the credits, standing the film at only 1:43.
The commentary on man's kinship with nature is truly awe-inspiring in this production. Hank Green personifies mankind's new found passion for protecting the stark beauty of the world, and by the end, we see how our mutual nakedness binds us as a single entity. Tossing the garment represents the throwing away of the old ideal, the separation, and the tastefully executed out of frame implication of heated romance represents humanity's closeness to the Earth, and to all things that rely upon it.
While I pined for more, my heart was satisfied with that ending. I laughed, I cried, I felt things I've never felt before. That is the nature of great onscreen romances, and one is left to question whether Teresa and Hank had difficulties tackling that level of passion- Hank being married, and Teresa being an inanimate tree. I would very much be pleased to ask either of them if an opportunity for an interview warrants itself.
Special note goes to cinematographer Michael Aranda, and hairdresser Patrick Rothfuss, without which, the elegance of the production might be lost. Also a huge congratulations goes to Cheese Omelet, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, for coming all the way through time and space, and from the dead, to be a apart of this, and more seriously, for his lifetime of great musical dedication.
If you haven't seen the short film, you can check it out here, along with an in-depth review of The Fault In Our Stars trailer, including all the little details from the novel that differ from the film. While you're there, why not subscribe to The Vlogbrothers for weekly videos between the two, and let them know what you thought of Hank et L'Arbre.
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