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Stagnate (2002)

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A bored secretary in the holiday firm Funtime Inc spends her time looking after the plants around her. The plants are the only break in the grey monotony around her. However when her ... See full summary »

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A bored secretary in the holiday firm Funtime Inc spends her time looking after the plants around her. The plants are the only break in the grey monotony around her. However when her doodles of a spiralling forest continue to draw themselves it is only the start of a creative process that will see her removed from her dull form. Written by Bob the Moo

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Good imaginative idea but not a great story
2 September 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A bored secretary in the holiday firm Funtime Inc spends her time looking after the plants around her. The plants are the only break in the grey monotony around her. However when her doodles of a spiralling forest continue to draw themselves it is only the start of a creative process that will see her removed from her dull form.

This was one of the short film entered into the orange Short Film Award 2002 and was my least favourite. The plot is very basic and has nowhere meaningful to go. I felt that it should be a metaphor for something but this wasn't clear. The imagination behind the script is clear and undeniable but it left out detail. The lack of detail makes it a too-simple tale of beauty in a grey world, but I didn't feel like I knew the character well enough.

I know this is a tall order in 5 minutes, but that is the challenge of a short film! The actress in the lead is OK but has little to do except change. The actual transformation is well done and shows that the visual imagery was the most important element to the makers.

Overall this is worth watching once to see, but really it is a good idea that fails to be transformed into a good little short.


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