From Caitlin McCarthy‘s animated short Coldsore you can extract two morals, one sadder than the other. The London-based director and animator shows us a classic scene that could happen in any high school in the world. On the one hand there is the beautiful and popular girl who even when she contracts a viral virus such as lip herpes does not lose her charm, on the contrary, her companions admire her even more because it means that she kissed someone. On the other side there is the marginalized girl, shy and invisible, who when she discovers that herpes is transmitted by kissing desperately seeks someone on the Internet who is willing to kiss her.
In the end even the naive protagonist contracts the virus, but the school queen has already passed and she remains the idiot who managed to get herpes transmitted by someone.
The first, sad, side that the video highlights is the condition that some teenagers live in high school, who are so conditioned by what the most popular ones do that they want to imitate them in every way, regardless of the dangers.
The second, perhaps even sadder,
Coldsore is a video that makes you think, to watch and to watch again.