The Shoebox

The Shoebox

The loving relationship of a small girl and her dad is put to the test as his hoarding obsession gets out of control.

A story about the absence of communication and loss. A little girl lives with her hoarder father who consistently checks the supermarket brochures for good deals. As he gets pulled into a frenzy, he becomes unable to care for her, himself and the house they live in. Gradually, their apartment becomes a surreal labyrinth of clutter and boxes. Many years later, among the clutter, the girl finds a present that was intended for her: a pair of red shoes.

Director’s statement
The project started out as a reflection of my own relationship with my father, but has since then evolved into a broader meditation on what happens when a parent is incapable of caring for their child. The film touches on mental health disorders and how things can deteriorate when left unchecked, and specifically how this impacts the life of a child living with an ill parent.
The film is bittersweet and the question in the end is: how can one reach the moment where they accept the loss of a relationship that can no longer be fixed?


Susana António

Helga Fodorean

Country of production

Romania, Portugal

Target audience


Animation Technique

2D, drawing

Production company

Safe Frame COLA Animation

CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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