ā€œei: emotional intelligenceā€ is a lovely short film from Dennis Sungmin Kim made during his first year at the University of Pennsylvania. Thereā€™s a touch of Wall-E here, sure, but mostly it feels like an unusually sophisticated childrenā€™s book.

ā€œeiā€ takes place in a future/alternate world filled with anthropomorphized animals, including ā€œlab ratsā€ that run an actual lab. There, they create E and Arthur, two emotional support robots with the ability to identify emotions and ā€œbeamā€ those feelings to each other. Perhaps inevitably, they fall in love and try to escape.

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The film has a simple style and a dreamlike quality which makes the eight minutes pass quickly.

[Short of the Week]

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