The Neighbours Window
The Neighbors' Window is a 2019 American short film written and directed by Marshall Curry. It won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2020. The film was inspired by a true story by Diane Weipert, which she recounted on the podcast Love and Radio.
Alli and Jacob are a couple of 30-somethings living in New York City with their three young children. Alli is busy and stressing in nursing the kids, straining her relationship with husband Jacob. Alli's apartment's window faces with an apartment neighbour's window. Alli and Jacob both covertly spy on the couple, bitter about their loss of youth and new responsibilities as parents.
One day, Jacob comments that the neighbour man has "shaved his head" and looks hungover. Shortly after, while Jacob and the kids are out, Alli spies across the street again to find the man in hospice; he dies soon after. Alli goes out to witness the man being taken out in a body bag and finds the wife crying on the sidewalk. The woman reveals that ever since her husband became "sick," they would find comfort in watching the family through the window, much in the way Jacob and Alli did. The two embrace.
"Savvy viewers may guess where this is all going, but Curry doesn't push the emotions or the pace despite showing a decent passage of time." Eye for Film
Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Palm Springs Shorts Fest, Best Live Action Short - Winner of the Audience Award
Traverse City Film Festival, Best Fiction Short - Winner of the Audience Award
Hollyshorts Film Festival, Best Drama Winner
SCAD Savannah Film Festival, Best Narrative Short Winner
St. Louis International Film Festival, Best of the Fest Winner
Nashville Film Festival, Best Narrative Short Winner
Rhode Island Film Festival, Best Live Action Short Winner
Woodstock Film Festival, Best Short Film Winner