Some children are fascinated by a lonely house in the neighbourhood they have been told to stay away from.

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A Charles Bukowski poem is put to animation. Four kids who are friends are drawn to a strange house that their parents tell them to avoid. One day they see a man of about 30 step outside, cigar and whiskey bottle in hand. He becomes a symbol for them of all that is strong, natural, and beautiful. What happens later to this man with the beautiful eyes introduces the boys to the gray and uptight world of adulthood that awaits them. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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17 October 2000 (Sweden)  »

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A szépszemű ember  »

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Wonderful animation with a message!
16 May 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a story about America. Hodgson wonderfully animates the story written by Bukowski- one of the great American authors inspired by the beat generation. A story about a group of children whom are tempted to seek out that which their parents forbade. When they do they are pleasantly surprised, they find a fishpond with the most beautiful goldfish and a man with the most beautiful eyes they've ever seen.They feel their parents did not want them to see things so beautiful as they were ashamed they weren't as beautiful themselves. So they return one day and find that the fish are dead and the man's house has been burned down. They come to one conclusion: it was the work of their parents! They now feared that no one wanted anyone else to be strong and beautiful like the fish and man with the beautiful eyes, therefore many people will die.

The poetic narration along with the eye catching imagery holds your fascination throughout the brilliant film and leaves you with a message...If one country has so much more than another, as the US does compared to the industrializing and third world, and the youth of these less well off areas realize this, they will crave such things, inevitably leading to conflict and wars. A message for communism/socialism perhaps? We'd all be better off if we had equality of condition, rather than with the equality of opportunity which has created the world we see today? The nature of the man with the beautiful eyes (foul mouth, unkept, and drunk) leads you to believe that he represents America. His blazing eyes symbolizing the hope that youth in poorer countries see in America, causing them to strive to get there. But what these youths don't realize is that the eyes can be deceiving. Is it worth being strong and having beautiful eyes if you are unkept, foul mouthed, constantly drunk, and hated by the rest of society(or the world)? This paradox is what led the parents to destroy him, and the children to come to their conclusion. An amazing short film with an amazing message. Recommended for short film and animation lovers! 10 out 10.


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