Daisy's Oracle Short Film Review

★★★

Directed by: Kiea Houseton

Written by: Kiea Houseton

Starring: Harmony Elise Jones, Nahlia Tindal, Rachel Cornille, Julio Jimenez

Film Review by: Vikas Yadav



Kiea Houseton’s Daisy’s Oracle packs, wears and references itself with flowers. The name of the main character is Daisy (Harmony Elise Jones). Two other characters are named Violet (Nahlia Tindal) and Rose (Rachel Cornille). Also, Daisy literally uses flowers to arrive at a decision. Furthermore, the neighbor (Julio Jimenez) has plenty of flowers standing proudly outside his front door. Alternate title - or subtitle - for this film: Flowers Flowers Everywhere.


These bright-colored, pleasant-looking plants have been used as an expression of love since time immemorial. And while that’s common knowledge, let’s not forget how it helped some lovers in their decision-making process. When Daisy shows the love letter sent from a crush, her friends advise her to seek the counsel of a flower. Her first reaction is that of asking Siri how the flowers can help her. If Daisy were a teenager, she would have also hit the Internet to read articles on romance and first love. But she is a kid now, innocent and pure. A quick search will tell you that Daisies, the flower, symbolize innocence and purity. A fitting name for this character, don’t you think?


To those unfamiliar, there is a practice in which the petals of a flower are plucked apart one by one, with each iteration alternating between “he loves me” and “he loves me not.” Daisy does this twice before arriving at her resolution. For kids, their friends and classmates double up as a counselor. We blindly put trust in them without checking for the authenticity behind their solutions. Daisy, without a trace of doubt, accepts that whatever be the outcome of the “flower-plucking” activity, it would be a hundred percent correct judgment. She doesn’t even bother talking to her crush to find out what he really is like. It’s funny how children completely have faith in each other. They do not mean to deceive like adults or entertain misdirection. Daisy’s friends advise her to seek the help of the flower because they too believe in that particular notion.


Playful music accompanies Daisy throughout the short. The music is appended with equally active editing that dances beside the beats. If you decide to watch Daisy’s Oracle, don’t enter it just to see her final decision. Instead, try to enjoy its childhood innocence.