On a car trip, a young couple tries to maintain a fragile relationship. Jake Kolton directs “Bruised Fruit Tastes Sweeter,” a quiet drama that unfolds in waves of unresolved feelings and built-up tensions. After speaking with his mother, Miguel feels stressed out about the upcoming Christmas holiday. His partner suggests they host a family party at their place, but the conversation is full of underlying points of contention. After an incident on the road, the argument is sidelined as they deal with more pressing concerns. This is the third short we’ve featured from Kolton — he specializes in building vivid atmosphere and immediacy without divulging full backstories, portraying characters that find themselves near, or at, a breaking point. (See also “Catherine” and “Monster”). -KA. Writer, Director: Jake Kolton. Cast: Christopher Sears, Ricardo Dávila. Director of Photography: Cory Fraiman-Lott. Editor: Carlos Pérez Segarra. Production Designer: Griffin Stoddard. Producers: Casey Bader, Nicole Quintero Ochoa, Eli Raskin. Casting by Duncan Stewart, Benton Whitley, Joey Montenarello. Colorist: Ana Escorse.