Suspecting the mail lady is delivering love letters to his mother, a tenacious young boy seeks help from an unhinged neighbor in an attempt to ease tensions at home.
Project - Short Film
Director - Michelle Cutolo
Writer(s) - T Zhang & Michelle Cutolo
Production Company - Jabamag Productions
The Mail Lady is a dark comedic tale laid out from a child’s perspective. From my experience, children sometimes make their parent’s problems their own. In the absence of parents, children can be destructive, and often self-destruct. To illustrate the satirical elements in our world, I play with the disparity of a flawed household in a “perfect” suburbia.
One of the things I find most interesting about The Mail Lady, is young Billy’s genuine attempt to help his family. Unlike others, Billy doesn’t seek attention, but confronts what he sees as the cause of the problem. A very mature thing to do for a little man, but dangerous when still learning about consequence. At the conclusion of the film, I thought it was necessary to make the stakes high, because when a child loses their innocence, it’s gone forever. I also just want everyone to have a good laugh!