A quick plot synopsis here and critique to prepare you for what is to come. Our main character, five-year-old Sadie, has come to a terrible realization. Saddled with an impossibly cute baby brother, she faces an existential crisis. She has suddenly grasped the inexorable march of time and her own mortality. She also realizes that the inexorable march of time spares no one, including her innocent little brother. Sadie wails and rails against her fate, alternately kissing, hugging and almost smothering her brother, who looks up and gazes in an adoring yet confused way at his sister, then drools.
This short, home-spun video does an admirable job of capturing the 57-second story arc of this emotion-packed time in young Sadie’s life. Subtitles help fill in the gaps, including the extended wail:
Sadie: “I don’t want him to grow up!”
Sadie’s Mom, sotto voce in the background: “You want him to stay little forever?”
Sadie: “Yeah, he’s so cute!”
Sadie’s Mom (more sotto voce): “He’s so cute he makes you cry?”
Sadie, realizing her own mortality and growing increasingly hysterical about it: “And I … And I don’t wanna die when I’m a hundred!”
(Sadie continues to wail): “e.e.e.—ed!”
How will this story end? Masterfully wrought, “Sadie Doesn’t Want her Brother to Grow Up” is a tale of young emotion, terrible realization and utter, adorable cuteness.