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Whatever you need to know about the presence of the story, I'm a little bit of a boy on the floor.

Sunspring is a 2016 science-fiction short film directed by Oscar Sharp, written by an screenwriting A.I. named Benjamin and starring Thomas Middleditch of Silicon Valley fame.

It was produced as part of Sci-Fi London's 48 Hour film challenge and it's... well, it's kind of weird. It's about an affair, we think? And a guy commits suicide?

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Either way, if you have ten minutes to spare, you could do worse than to watch it here on youtube.

This film presents examples of the following tropes:

  • Body Horror: The main character vomits up an eyeball at one point.
  • Driven to Suicide: The main character, though it's not entirely clear if he went through with it.
  • Dystopia: The first line in the movie sets up the world as this.
    In a future with mass unemployment, young people are forced to sell blood.
  • Future Slang: Implied to be why everyone talks so funny.
  • Love Triangle: Looks to be Type 4, with C and H2 in a relationship and H interested in H2.
  • No Name Given: The main character, the rival, and the female lead are never named. The credits refer to them as "H", "C" and "H", respectively. Most other sources refer to the second H as H2.
    • The script appears to refer to C as Coffey and H2 as Hauk.
  • Most Writers Are Human: Averted. The script was written by a computer.
  • One-Word Title: Also a Portmantitle.
  • Parental Abandonment: Implied.
    I was the one who got on this rock with a child... and I left the other two behind.
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  • Portmantitle: "Sun" + "Spring"
  • Rich Bitch: Rich Bastard: The other main character.
    We're going to see the money.
  • Used Future: The first line in the movie sets up the world as this.
    In a future with mass unemployment, young people are forced to sell blood.
  • Unusual Euphemism: "Well, I have to go to the skull!", although, it's not clear what it actually means... assuming it actually means anything at all.
  • Word-Salad Humor: Played for drama.
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