If Anything Happens I Love You

Bella Coneglio, Chief Copy Editor

If Anything Happens I Love You” is a touching piece of work that examines the void left behind after a genuine tragedy. By using simple, yet beautiful, animation and translating an important message in the aftermath of a massacre, grieving parents journey through an emotional void as they continue to mourn the loss of their daughter. The film starts out with a couple eating dinner at opposite ends of the table, symbolizing a withdrawal of communication. In this case, there is something concerning about that. Drowning in silence, they are isolated within their own experiences of grief as shadows of their internal conflict play out over them. What is lost between them? As the story follows the couple wandering through their house in the changing scenes, they come across some dried blotches of paint on walls and a record player on the floor that starts playing. With this, memories begin to unfold. The story becomes clearer: They have lost someone.
This delicate and haunting film has undeniable power as the story shifts to flashbacks and moments of joy, bringing light to the overall pain being depicted. The film will undoubtedly spark conversations, but the potent sensitivity of watching it might delay those discussions as you gather your emotions and thoughts. While I do not favor the music choice in this film, I will say that the simple animation style perfectly suits the story, as it engraves various sides of grief and longing for something that will never return. There are layers shed, of grief and anger, within the frames of this otherwise lovely film. “If Anything Happens I Love You” is touching, upsetting, but altogether an abrupt depiction of reality. While grief may change, grow or fade, memories remain still. In our hearts and in our minds, like a simple picture. Forever captured by time. And personally, I would keep the tissues handy.