Albert & Juliet (2012) – By Brian Morton

We’ve all seen movies about kid who have been abused and, most of the time, in the movies; these kids wind up as a serial killer. But that’s not reality, reality is usually either far darker or far benign. In a new short from Nic Barker, Albert & Juliet, we find something both troubling and yet, uplifting.

Juliet’s a teenager who carries around a teddy bear, Albert. Albert seems to be Juliet’s only friend, and, it’s because of this that she’s singled out by other kids for ridicule and verbally abused by her mother, and Albert shares that abuse, taken from her by school bullies and cursed and abused by her mother. As the tale unfolds, Juliet realizes that only she can save Albert from a life of terror…and, in saving Albert, maybe she can save herself too.

Albert & Juliet is one of the best shorts I’ve seen this year, it’s both terrifying and endearing at the same time. If you’ve ever been bullied in your life, then you can identify with Juliet and the decision she has to make! I’m giving Albert & Juliet 4 out of 4 cigars; it’s a terrific film and really deserves to be seen by a wide audience! If you get a chance to see this film and don’t take it…then you’re the one who loses! Find out more by heading over to