This short for Xerox is sumptuously cinematic in its sweep, with each detail and element lovingly considered. From the moment it opens on a remote monastery overlooking a rural idyll, it's obvious this is going to be something special... and it doesn't disappoint.
The action focuses around Brother Dominic, who is creating pages of an illuminated manuscript with laborious care. The plaintive score, the cool palette, the exquisite contrast between his ascetic cell and the rich decoration of the manuscript - all these make us wish it were writ large on the silver screen: you can almost smell the mustiness of the ancient, priceless tapestries on the walls and feel the dampness of the echoing chambers.
The punchline is oddly positioned - in the middle rather than the end - and, appropriately, has the feel of something ordained by a higher force! Nevertheless, it's a beautiful piece of direction and suggests it's time for James Rouse to think about another feature.