Welcome to the second installment of The Short Shrift, a new feature on Film.com that will highlight and stream a short film at high noon. Every weekday. Every week.
TODAY'S SHORT: "Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?" (directed by Miguel Arteta) 2008
RUNNING TIME: 4:04
WHY WE LOVE IT: For starters (and this may not be a universally shared opinion), but seeing Miranda July onscreen is always a good thing, and happens too infrequently for my liking. The polymath artistic force has starred in both of her features to date ("Me and You and Everyone We Know" and "The Future"), and it's hard to imagine anyone else being able to deliver her particular brand of wistful whimsy with quite the same impact. July's sensibilities are so in line with those of Mike White ("Enlightened," may it rest in peace) and John C. Reilly ("Step Brothers" and other works of high genius) that it's surprising they don't work together more often.
Directed by Miguel Arteta ("The Good Girl") and obviously written by Miranda July, this winsome little short finds a man surveying strangers to see if they're anybody's favorite person. On a related note, one of the great things about short films is that sometime their titles really take care of the plot synopsis part for you. Anyway, it's a good question, even if you're not into that whole "free love" thing.
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