One Day the Refrigerator Broke

Director: Eric Mueller

Institute History

  • 1989 Sundance Film Festival


Eric Mueller gives us a strong, simple narrative told with noteworthy compassion and philosophical resonance. An elderly man suddenly feels compelled to leave a photograph of himself at his wife’s grave after his refrigerator breaks down. Formally and thematically, the film has the quality of a document: both objectifying and making metaphor of this man’s experience.

— Alberto Garcia

Screening Details

  • Section: Rogues Gallery: New American Shorts
  • Film Type: Dramatic Short
  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Run Time: 3 min.


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