'Last Minutes with Oden' Shares an Ex-Con's Story of Letting Go

By: Marie C. Hudson - Published: Jul 22, 2011 • References: vimeo and vimeo
'Last Minutes with Oden' shares the story of a bond between an ex-con, Jason Wood, and his best friend, dog Oden. Directed by Eliot Rausch of Phos Pictures, the short film is a heart-wrenching exploration in the act of saying goodbye to a beloved friend, and the grief that follows. Oden's story is particularly interesting because of Wood's struggles in years past with narcotics and legal issues, and the support the canine friend was able to offer in tough times. The film is beautifully shot and edited, featuring a soundtrack by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and The National's Aaron Dessner.

Running just over six minutes long, 'Last Minutes with Oden' is at times hard to watch due to how emotionally honest and relatable it is for many people. The film is a must-see for animal lovers and anyone who has ever experienced loss. Phos Pictures does a perfect job of showing how the most touching stories often come in unexpected places, and their ability to tell such a beautiful story in this short amount of time is truly commendable.