In a world where admiration and status are given to whomever can carry the heaviest books on their head, a man hopes his son will achieve what he himself couldn't.

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In a world where admiration and status are given to whomever can carry the heaviest books on their head, a man hopes his son will achieve what he himself couldn't.

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27 February 1997 (Spain)  »

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Perheen pikku enkeli  »

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An interesting metaphor for ostentation
1 July 2002 | by (Bloomington, IN) – See all my reviews

This very original short (10 minutes long, I think) by Piet Kroon sketches a society whose citizens carry books around on their heads...evidently as visual signs of their "education" and social standing. Some seem to labor under a dozen or more books, which however appear to impress others greatly.

Into this world is born a child who, it appears, lacks the capacity to carry books outwardly in this way, causing his father no end of consternation. But he turns out to be remarkable in a different way.... Kroon has given us a rather original parable on the nature of learning and knowledge, which is best digested for internal use, as opposed to being flaunted as an external trapping designed to evoke awe.

BTW another short by Kroon, T.R.A.N.S.I.T. (1997), is even better.


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