A sweet reminiscence about a family of four children and their RAF-veteran dad, who knows the timetable of every bus in London, but realizes his large family needs a car. He buys a Peugeot ... See full summary »
A sweet reminiscence about a family of four children and their RAF-veteran dad, who knows the timetable of every bus in London, but realizes his large family needs a car. He buys a Peugeot station wagon - license plate GFP831E, and the family sets off for annual holidays exploring every corner of Europe - "adopting local customs but never forgetting who won the war." The narrator is one of the children who, as he ages, sees things he missed as a lad - the car no rocket, dad no speedster. As the years wear on, and the car sits in the driveway, dad keeps it ready for the next great summer holiday. Written by
Witty, intelligent, moving and though provoking all in 12 minutes!
The story of a family of young children who's lives are transformed when their father buys a (in their memory) saloon sports car to take their outings beyond the realm of the local buses. They travel all across Europe in their car, adding camping equipment, stoves, televisions etc to make their holidays amazing when compared to other people's. However as the children become teenagers and the parents age, things change.
This is the story of childhood memories. It is focused on the way that childhood memories are romanticised by both the children and the parents as time goes by. This is well illustrated in the short by the father - at the end, things have changed so much but he still works on his car all the time in an attempt to keep the past alive. The story is told with an exaggerated sense of humour, which helps make the point about the memories - funny scenes include the car touring all of Europe effortlessly and the family running all manner of electrical appliances off the cigarette lighter socket.
The short is a mix of live action and animation - although the live action is shot like animation. This effect is carried well and gives the film an interesting feel. The actor who plays the father is very good and manages to convey heavy emotion despite the semi-animated look and lack of dialogue.
Overall this is inventive and clever. It is different from a lot of other stuff you'll see and the writing is subtle and intelligent. As a comment on how we view our childhood and how hard it is to let go of those idealised times it is very good and has stick in my mind since I saw it. Not bad for a British short made on a shoestring!
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