“I would probably be a vegetable without it.” – Mindy
Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Feb 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A woman suffering from multiple mental health issues uses art as a way to help her cope.
My Take on it – This is the 2nd of the 5 nominees for this year’s Oscar Best Animated Short.
The title threw me off completely and I got quite a shock when I realized that the title misleads the viewer into thinking that they are about to see something completely different.
This film has some great interviews with its subject Mindy Alper.
We are able to get a clear sense of who she is and we learn so much about the path of her life.
The camera focuses on her really intimately which tries to help us understand who she is and what she has accomplished over the years despite her illness.
The film conducts its interviews in a really concise and open manner and we learn so much about her troubled life this way.
Mindy is a truly remarkable women based on what she has managed to accomplish.
The biggest problem with this film is that despite the fact that its in a category for short documentaries, it’s still too long and it drags too much along the way.
Had this film been edited a bit better, it might have been able to become more impactful in the story that they are trying to tell us.
Bottom Line – Not as powerful as I expected it to be. The interviews with Mindy are done well because we get a very real sense of who she is through the intimate shots of her. The title of this film is very misleading and I’m not sure why the director chose it since I’m sure there were many other choices that actually would make more sense. The interviews are conducted quite openly and candidly and we are introduced to a truly remarkable woman, but the film meanders a bit too much along the way. It might have been more inpactful if it would have been more concise.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Nominated for Best Documentary Short subject at the Academy Awards in 2018 (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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