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Cousin (1999)

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Adam tells us the story of an older cousin, who had cerebral palsy. Adam would go over to play, and they'd dress as superheroes, jump off the shed, and run about the the street with an old ... See full summary »

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Adam tells us the story of an older cousin, who had cerebral palsy. Adam would go over to play, and they'd dress as superheroes, jump off the shed, and run about the the street with an old shopping trolley. Adam explains his cousin's wayward left arm, his strong right one, his aunt's understanding of her son's rages ("bake a cake," she'd tell him), and the boy's love of swimming. On Adam's eighth birthday, the cousins are separated by tragedy; it's left to Adam to wonder about his cousin, and if he still smells of licorice. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Wonderful Storytelling In Claymation Form
25 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like Adam Elliot's "Brother," this is a short story of one of the narrator's family, in this case an unnamed older cousin. The kid looked a lot like his brother, except without one of lenses being blacked out on his glasses. Otherwise, he had the exact same nerdy face.

What was different was that this "cousin" had a serious illness but could still do some amazing things, especially with his one good arm. All the anecdotes about this boy are really fascinating and told with the kind of narration that gets 100 percent of your attention.

This is short, but great storytelling. Elliot does an outstanding job of combing humor and tragedy. The claymation is real hoot to view, too! I like the fact the filmmaker did this series in black-and-white, too. It makes the claymation figures all the more dramatic, yet at the same time keeping us focused on the narration.


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