Contrary to what the one-line blurb above, and even the (probably poorly translated) title might make the film sound like, a wasted life's May 2020 Short Film of the Month, Very Lonely Cock, is not a documentary on the atrophied member of some incel who's too dim to realize that women opening their legs wide to misogynist white losers is not a god-given right of idiots who refuse to accept the fact that they themselves are their own biggest problem. No, this month's short film is a Russian kiddie film created by Leonid Shmelkov, whose English is obviously somewhat shaky or who doesn't know that cocks — that's "roosters" to us god-fearing folks who know a nasty word when they see it — don't lay eggs. (Unless…)
We stumbled upon the endearing but relatively obscure animated short at the (regrettably) now-inactive short-film blog, Kafkian Mood, a site we recently found and we suspect will lead us to further Short Film(s) of the Month in the future. And why do we like Ohen' Odinokiy Petux (a.k.a. Very Lonely Cock)? Because it is an oddly sweet but nevertheless melancholic one-joke movie that never bores. Also, it doesn't have a nasty bone in its body — even visual concepts that should be unsettling remain incongruously un-mean — and goes to surreal levels as found only in kiddie films, thus remaining watchable and enjoyable until its final frame. Which, like life, is almost anti-climactic.
"Essentially the tale of what happens to a farmer's chicken [...] when its routine is unexpectedly interrupted, Shmelkov's film really excels in the unanticipated direction it takes. Unleashing a series of bizarre scenarios for his feathered protagonist to face beak-on, Very Lonely Cock is laugh-out-loud fun and damn stylish to boot. [Short Film of the Week]"
As a contrast to Very Lonely Cock, may we suggest you check out that other chicken-featuring Russian short we chose as our Short Film of the Month in November 2017, the bizarre Ego zhena kuritsa / Hen, His Wife [Soviet Union, 1990], which may be watchable until the last frame but is both definitely not for kids and oddly unsettling.