L3.0 follows Leo, a Hi-Tech pet robot, that wanders alone in Paris investigating the mysterious disappearance of nearly all living species. He spends his days trying to entertain himself but to no avail. Then one day he meets a new living being.
This short film does seem to be mostly about the way that it has delivered in terms of technology, but there is just about enough to it to make the viewer look beyond this. The arresting shots of an empty Paris are a good start, and we have a sharply animated little robot who looks cute but is also alone – triggering the Wall-E empathy before it actually does anything. From here the film leaves us wondering about the bigger picture but instead looks to Leo in particular, seeing him silently struggling with his programming in this new reality. At only a few minutes long it is not too much before we are at the end. The ending could be taken two ways – although one is less likely than the other. I chose to take the pain of the character from the final images – and as such I ended the film with a dark sense of loss that was an odd feeling to have, but one that worked in the film. - bob the moo
Directed by Alexis Decelle