Short-film aficionados: Oscar-nominated shorts at Kendall

Among the Oscar-nominated shorts being screened at the Kendall are (from top) “Just Before Losing Everything” in the live-action program and “Feral” and “Get a Horse!” in the animated program.
Among the Oscar-nominated shorts being screened at the Kendall are (from top) “Just Before Losing Everything” in the live-action program and “Feral” and “Get a Horse!” in the animated program.photos by shortshd

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The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014: Live Action

The Oscar-nominated shorts, live-action and animated, make their annual appearance at the Kendall Square starting today. That’s good news for short-film aficionados and those looking to ace their office betting pool, or it would be if the live-action contenders weren’t a woeful mixed bag. Only one, France’s “Just Before Losing Everything,” works as a film, but it really works: A harrowing tale of a mother and her children fleeing an abusive husband.

The animated shorts category is much stronger, with the two best coming at the art of ’toons from opposite quarters, aesthetic and commercial. “Feral” is an eerie fable about a 19th-century wild child, and “Get a Horse!” is a hilarious meta-mash-up of old school Disney animation and CGI character comedy.

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