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Tom Basis and Robert Summerlin bring us a modern parable in The Poet and The Plant. Summerlin plays The Poet, who locked himself away in his apartment to write. Finding the loneliness excruciating, he purchases three ferns. When winter quickly arrives, two of the three ferns die.

“…works feverishly to keep his last plant alive by singing to and writing songs about The Plant.”

The story is told and narrated from the plant’s perspective. Sarah Snook provides the inner monologue of the plant. We find that there is a deep love between The Poet and The Plant. When her cousins die at the beginning of our tale, The Poet works feverishly to keep his last plant alive by singing to and writing songs about The Plant. He teaches The Plant how to speak French and even makes odd attempts at comedy. Over time, The Poet finds himself profoundly changed by The Plant.

Basis and Summerlin’s short film is a quirky yet touching story of one’s love for nature. Snook gives The Plant a sophisticated and appealing voice, and the love affair between The Poet and The Plant is told with much thought and patience. The story never feels rushed and is engaging throughout. The Poet and The Plant is a love story that gives you warm, fuzzy feelings in the end.

See The Poet and The Plant here:

The Poet and The Plant (2021)

Directed: Tom Basis, Robert Summerlin

Written: Robert Summerlin

Starring: Sarah Snook, Robert Summerlin, etc.

Movie score: 7.5/10

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"…a quirky yet touching story of one's love for nature."

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