Saturday, March 07, 2015

Valvoja / The Guardian

The Guardian. Jamais vu. FI 2014. Animation. PC: Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. ELO Film School Presents. P: Pietari Bagge. D+SC+AN+DP+ED: Pietari Bagge, Christer Hongisto, Inka Matilainen, Elisa Ikonen. S: Tuukka Nikkilä. M: Salla Luhtala. 8 min
    Contact: Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture / Saara Toivanen,
    Tampere Film Festival (National Competition 10), Saturday, 7 March 2015

TFF: "A short animation about an old woman whose assistant robot is trying to remind her about something important."

AA:  A rich, refined puppet animation in full colour.  The grandmother is knitting socks. The coffee is ready. There is a low tech robot reminding her of all such things. I like the warm light and colour world of this movie. The robot is also a cleaning person, and it patrols the ancient washing machine. But even the robot is fragile, needing care and maintenance. The grandmother ascends the attic where the machine room is located and fixes the broken light bulb. The stormy sea is visualized via dark plastic. There is a droll, consistent sense of humour in this animation where every detail counts.

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