An illustration of beings in a world where countless plant and animal species rapidly become extinct, and resources run dry due to greed. However, it is possible to avoid disaster by conserving and sharing what we have.

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Not my preferred choice of animation
15 August 2015 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

The 11-minute Canadian "Tout rien" is an animated short film from over 35 years ago. It was released in 1978 and 3 years later nominated for an Oscar. ForFrench director Frédérick Back, it was far from his first work, but it was the first time he got in at the Academy. He managed the same with his 3 short films after this one, won twice, but never made another movie again, maybe because when he made "Tout rien", he was already in his 50s actually, a late bloomer. Back died on Christmas 2013 at the age of almost 90.

Don't worry because of the French title. There is no dialogue in here, so you won't have to speak the language. As for me, this film is on par with many other animated short films from the 1970s. I don't believe it was a great era for this genre and it says a lot that this was nominated for an Oscar. The music was okay, but there is no real story in here, just a collection of impressions really, including some references about the Garden of Eden and Adama and Eve living in there. I am generally not too big on Back's animation style, but I somewhat enjoyed his most famous "The Man Who Planted Trees". "Tout rien" is not on par with this one. Not recommended.


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