Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Feb 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A young girl is visited by her future self who tries to explain to her about the complex world of the future.
My Take on it – Hadn’t heard of this until it was nominated for an Oscar in the category of animated short film last month.
Tonight it will hopefully win because it takes a simple view on very complex issues all the while showing the way our opinions and interests change from when we are innocent children through our more focused and informed adulthood.
The animation seems simple too, but the themes are quite deep and I am sure that one viewing wasn’t enough to completely understand what this movie is trying to say.
This movie deals with so many great themes (sci-fi and dramatic) that it really is a lot to take in all at once. We get time travel, cloning, suicide, apocalypse, advanced technological wonders, love, depression, hate and it shows us most of these from two viewpoints; child and adult.
As a parent, I really could relate to some of the responses that Emily as a child gave her future self.
Like I said earlier, I’m definitely gonna have to see this one again because it really is great.
Bottom Line – Great story that seems so simple but is actually quite complex. Encompasses so many themes that it’s really hard to take it all in at once. Loved how it gave us multiple perspectives on so many different themes. Gonna have to see this a few more times in order to really take it all in. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Don Hertzfeldt’s first digitally animated film. All of his other films were shot on 16mm and 35mm, but he animated this film using a Cintiq tablet, Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. He stated in an interview that he did this because that since the film takes place in the future and that the future looks so abstract, it would be impossible and time consuming to do it right on film. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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