Alex wanted a Christmas gift in the form of Blinky, a robotic pal that was advertised to bring families together.
He got what he wanted. Alex and Blinky had a blissful friendship. It was effortless as Blinky became one with the family, even as his parents’ grappled with their domestic problems.
But after the early days, Alex begins ignoring Blinky and starts taking out his frustrations on the robot. Blinky was designed as an intelligent companion, but Alex’s aggression terrorises it and almost breaks its circuits.
But after a quick restart — and a kick — Blinky is resurrected. Life resumes as usual, including the arguments in the household.
Blinky turned out to be a Christmas gift that returned the terrors of the household.
He became family, and he would never leave.
Written and directed by Ruairi Robinson, starring Max Records from “Where The Wild Things Are”, cinematography by Macgregor, music by Ólafur Arnalds courtesy of Erased Tapes.
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