Unless you live in an RV or motorhome or something similar, you most likely don’t have a home that can move from one spot to another. Unless of course, your house was also a Miyazaki film but that’s another story. This story is about a teleporting house. A teleporting house that goes to different worlds.
High up on a mountain, is a house where a family lives (but only for a bit). They have a very specific rule, always return before nightfall. The family consists of two adventurous parents and their adorable daughter who value their time together indoors. The daughter, Giltrude (Kennedi Clements) has been put to bed. Her parents Lowir (Jesse Hutch) and Idaline (Priscilla Faia) head out on a late night trip for an adventure. Cut to years later when an adult Giltrude (Kacey Rohl) wakes up, she’s aged a fair amount and the house has been in so many places over the years. But it seems like mom and dad haven’t returned for a long time if ever. When she finally gets a knock on the door after waiting all these years, she is instead greeted by a little boy named Oscard (Liam Hughes) with an arrow impaled through his body. Turns out he was on the run from some kind of monster and now ends up staying with Giltrude. When Oscard freaks out on how the area has changed, Giltrude educates him on the pattern of how the house goes from one world to another. The two end up exploring the world they’re in and it’s Giltrude’s very first trip outside after years of being a shut-in but they have to make it back quick. But when Oscard is too weak to go any further, neither of them may be able to make it back to the house in time.
The scenery in Giltrude’s dwelling is majestic and creative, the story really has you on the edge of your seat, and like many of Jeremy Lutter’s films, the characters give you a feeling of connection that you hope they’ll be okay. It’s a dark edgy story that’s well written with great twists and concepts with an end that shows that you have to show determination and figure out what’s truly important at times especially in the most difficult of choices. For a short film that takes you places both visually and emotionally, Giltrude’s Dwelling is a production you’ll definitely want to dwell on.