A Family Portrait by Joseph Pierce

29 07 2013

This short attracted me firstly because of its quality but also because of its content. The family we are presented reminded me of many families at my school. Happy in exterior, yet lonely in interior.  A family portrait that unravels and reveals the murky troubles that riddles many families. Pierce’s exaggerated grotesque animation severs the cloak that all families must wear when placed under the scrutiny of the social spotlight. The idea of a family portrait is to emit a safety, to create a façade, a character that delivers, much like a fairytale or cheery musical. However, this is not reality, we see the truth, we see a portrait that is already cracked, we see a family that is fractured and split.

Pierce is a fantastic film-maker, his other shorts “The Pub” and “Stand up” too are outstanding. More analysis of his work in the not too distant future.

KB.

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Le Miroir by Antoine Tinguely and Laurent Fauchère

4 07 2013

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Who do you see? What will you be? “Le Miroir” shows us the evolution of life, conveying each step from child to adolescent, adolescent to adult and finally adult to elderly. The mirror becomes a portal for the audience as we intrude on the life of the “male”. The mirror does more than just physically present the male’s change. It acts as a narrative vehicle presenting the oscillating feelings of life, the male’s innocence, his romance, his anger, and his fragility. What is very interesting is actually how we view this male not through the mirror itself, but through a POV shot. The male becomes the “everyman” and thus we are the male. The short is “reflection” on the preciousness and finality of life and age, it exemplifies how we shall go through these changes and how ultimately we too, are always ticking towards our death. Interesting in presentation and slightly unnerving, this short makes us ponder our own individual selves, asking us to question, what will we be like in ten, twenty, sixty years time?

KB.

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