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10 November 2003 (Germany) See more »
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A group of fishermen on a precariously balanced platform fight over a trunk. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 4 wins See more »
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Wow!!! Wise, Intriguing, and very clever!!! See more (22 total) »

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Christoph Lauenstein 
Wolfgang Lauenstein 
 

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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Wow!!! Wise, Intriguing, and very clever!!!, 25 June 2005
Author: russianbear54 from United States

This is a creepy little short film, but definitely worth watching. For a while I thought that I'd be informed that I'll die in seven days or something, but what I saw was an excellent satire on human nature. The style, the animation, and the plot go together like clockwork. There's no music and no voices, but the animation, the environment, and the sound all speak for themselves. Unfortunately they speak the truth, this is both a warning and a foreshadow.

Here's what's going on. Five virtually identical beings are living on a platform that hovers inside a void. The only way these beings differ from each other is by the random numbers on their backs. They each have a purpose; to balance the platform, or it will tip over and they will fall. They are perfectly aware of that and go about with caution. The equilibrium is challenged when one of the beings recovers a mysterious artifact from beneath.

I dare to say no more! You can watch this film for free on Lauenstein.TV. Go see it right now!

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