When we first saw ‘Rose’ we had the most familiar feeling one can experience - we felt that the old woman starring in this documentary was a part of our destiny, a well-known person that affected, in some surreal way, our life. Then we watched it again, and again: the same feeling. Now, we aren’t sure, but we strongly believe that Edwin Miles directed one of the most relatable shorts we’ve seen in a while, a short documentary that will make every viewer remember their grandparents.
Edwin Miles' film follows a day in the life of a pretty cool old woman, a ninety-three-year-old, to be exact. She acts accordingly, and even from the beginning, we will come and say that it won’t have radical twists and that it won’t go crazy in the end - this short is the most domestic and peaceful way of seeing a human being act and talk. Her insightful stories have the innocence of a freshly bloomed flower, and the way she talks about her family is nothing but lovely. If it was for us to put this project into a very specific category, we would have definitely opted for "Zen". The waves of peace this short emits are hard to compete with, and this makes it pretty difficult to write something extreme about it. 'Rose' is neither good nor bad – it is just the right amount of delight, followed by the normal amount of sane. It doesn’t shine like other documentaries, but it has the candid trait that levels everything up.
After ninety-three years, Rose seems to be in a good form, happy to a certain extent, sincere to herself, and altogether peaceful. In our eyes, she can very well be the one Rose who survived the Titanic. If someone asked us how that Rose would look like today, we would definitely visualize her like this Rose from Edwin Miles’ short.
Written by Vlad A. G