The story begins with Sophie, the main character, waking up to find her house completely empty. There is no food and her parents are nowhere to be found. She opens all the doors in the house except one the closet at the end of the hallway. Stepping outside, she finds her town to be likewise abandoned, but largely untouched, for mysterious reasons. Her fear growing, Sophie runs down the street, hoping to find someone, anyone, who can help her.
But there is no one, and when she turns the corner, she finds herself back on the same street as her house. She keeps going, makes the same turn, and again she is back on the same street — caught in a loop. Sophie has no choice, she must go back into her house, and open the one door she couldn’t before. The closet.
In her last loop, the world has changed. Everything is de-saturated, dead, and falling apart. Sophie is stunned to find her home to be in a similar state, and the interior is likewise in ill-repair. When Sophie finally opens the closet door, she is horrified to find the bodies of her parents - and herself. A short flashback reveals Sophie’s last moments alive as she and her parents hide, just before the atomic bomb drops.
Shaken by the discovery and in denial, Sophie runs from the closet and hides in her parents’ room, climbing into their bed where she huddles and cries. The film ends with a hand of someone new, appearing from off-screen to rouse Sophie. She turns and gasps in shock when she sees them.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Computer animation--Themes, motives; Computer animation--Technique; Animated films--Themes, motives; Animation (Cinematography); Nuclear war--Drama; Nineteen fifties--Drama
Film and Animation (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Film and Animation (CAD)
Levasseur, Renee, "The Closet" (2020). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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