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The Snails (1966)

Les escargots (original title)
A gardener tries his best to make his salad plants grow. It is only when he cries that his tears finally water the field and the salads grow huge. The incredible size attracts a multitude ... See full summary »

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A gardener tries his best to make his salad plants grow. It is only when he cries that his tears finally water the field and the salads grow huge. The incredible size attracts a multitude of snails that quickly become giant too, causing disasters and panic in the nearby city. Written by Laurent Ziliani <ziliani@hotmail.com>

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Run! They're shell-backed slugs!
13 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the guys that did Fantastic Planet, one of the trippiest and most imaginative films ever conceived, is a short story of a man who needs help on his farm and puts some snails to work on the crops. In the morning, they're giant snails prowling the neighborhoods and frolicking with half-naked women. There isn't so much of a plot as much as it's just this situation told with a lot of wild enthusiasm and a kidding sense of science fiction fare from the 1950s. If you've seen the previous work of the director Lelaux (which sadly isn't very much, along with collaborator Toper), you know sort of what to expect, like a happy, wacky dream of delight and terror and fun.

It's simply a wondrous effort, with the snails moving in a mannwer that isn't exactly fluid but not static, with lots of color but ragged like some underground comic book, and it's a riot when taking it in like somes surreal experience out of a Lynch kid's book or a lost tale from the Maxx. I loved the style, the approach, everything about it basically. And if you're wondering if giant snails can make a big impact, then you haven't seen the rabbits! Highly recommended


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