Catholicism and kids: Narratively speaking, itís the gift that keeps on giving. Two of the films nominated for this yearís Best Short Film (Live Action) dip into the well Ė the spooky ďThe Confession,Ē about a quiet, well-behaved child stymied due to his lack of bad deeds to take to the confession box, and ďWish 143,Ē in which a terminally ill teenager enlists a priest in the fulfillment of his last wish, to lose his virginity Ė while a third, Michael Creaghís ďThe Crush,Ē is set in that seat of Catholicism, Ireland, but skips the religion for a pitchy take on kids doing the darndest things (with guns). Guns also figure strongly in Ivan Goldschmidtís harrowing Belgian production, ďNa Wewe,Ē which takes place in 1994 Burundi (a border country of Rwanda) during the civil war between the Hutus and Tutsis. When a van of travelers is stopped en route by a band of rebel fighters, men with machine guns demand the passengers sort themselves accordingly: ďHutus to the left, Tutsis to the right.Ē Subsequent infighting between the rebels tips the film dangerously close to farce, but it does a very fine job of dramatizing the terrifying absurdities of war. The final nominee, ďGod of Love,Ē swings the pendulum wide to the absurdities of love. Writer/director Luke Mathenyís black-and-white short looks like a student film; indeed, it was his thesis film for NYUís Tisch School of the Arts, and itís already bagged a Student Academy Award Ė but thatís not the only sense in which itís winning. Matheny also stars; freakishly tall with a pronounced overbite, he makes a likably unlikely leading man. He plays Raymond Goodfellow, a dart champion cum lounge crooner who, pining for his bandís drummer, prays nightly for some assistance in wooing her. Help arrives, and cosmic chaos ensues, but to say any more would step on the gossamer charms of this romantic comedy.