In a house on a cliff by the sea, a man and a woman live together and eventually have children. When the mother disappears and the father goes for a swim in the sea, the baby is left to be ... See full summary »
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In a house on a cliff by the sea, a man and a woman live together and eventually have children. When the mother disappears and the father goes for a swim in the sea, the baby is left to be raised by the twin brothers and the cruel, older sister. When they grow up secrets can only be kept for so long. Written by bob the moo

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Wickedly subversive animation
1 November 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In a house on a cliff by the sea, a man and a woman live together and eventually have children. When the mother disappears and the father goes for a swim in the sea, the baby is left to be raised by the twin brothers and the cruel, older sister. When they grow up secrets can only be kept for so long.

Starting with the title showing a newspaper story of two twin sisters who killed each other over a stain on the table cloth, this film then starts to tell a gothic fairytale about a family that starts normal but is perverted and destroyed by darkness. I can't say too much because the film's joy is in the fact that full understanding doesn't come until the end. The dark secrets are made more shocking because the film is narrated with a great `read with mother' style where things are only ever hinted at in a sing song voice rather than said outright.

The animation style is mixed - some of it is great but other bits look lesser in comparison. I personally didn't like the wax puppets but found the rest of it to be imaginative and very well done.

Overall I enjoyed this short simply because of the way in which the story was told. It is darkly cruel and is quite shocking in it's own way. 12 years after it was made it still stands up to viewing.


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