‘CEO’ is a 7 minute short film by film maker Jennifer Liao. It is a small peek into a corporate executive’s last moments at her office before she is shuffled unceremoniously out the door by the security guard.
The exec, played by Maria del Mar, is faced with the fact that she is out of a job and is forced to leave the premises. She ponders reflectively about her career with the security guard, played by Paul Sun-Hyung Lee. Lee’s character gets increasingly uncomfortable with the situation, but develops a sense of sympathy (or empathy) for the fallen CEO.
I first saw this film on CBC’s ‘Canadian Reflections’ sometime ago. I really liked this one. Most of us have experienced, at one point in our lives, the mixed emotions that go through us when faced with a job loss. So, you can kind of feel for the disgraced CEO. But, for those who don’t sympathize with CEOs, there is a feeling that one of the top dogs is getting theirs. I also appreciated the security guard’s situation. He had to do his job, but felt somewhat sorry for her at the same time.
When I saw this film for the first time, I didn’t know she was fired for wrong-doing or scandal. That point was made clear at the end of the film. I think the film length is perfect , and neither does the story need to expanded at all to explain the background of her firing. That’s the beauty of short films – your imagination can make up the rest.