In waning winter light, a doll maker works in his shop, a kerosene lamp beside him, a jumble of dolls and doll parts, whole and broken, surrounding him. There are noises, too: a cuckoo ... See full summary »
Up until the end of this film, I was thoroughly captivated. This short film was very, very charming and cute--sort of like an old-time musical come to real life. The ending, however, undid pretty much the entire film, though it's obvious from other reviews and the Oscar nomination that others liked it just fine.
A woman enters the same café she usually goes to but things are oddly different--it's very quiet. Then, out of the blue, one of the customers starts singing a song about a woman he loves but hasn't yet had the courage to meet. Then, and here's the charming and absurd part, each person in the café begins singing lines for this long and complex and very catchy song--like a giant musical number but done with "real" people who really can't sing. It seems later that they are all doing this because the man is crazy and is holding them all hostage. This and the final scene completely took me out of the moment. Up until then, I thought this was just a weird guy who enlisted the help of the patrons VOLUNTARILY. The hostage element and the final horrible (but darkly funny) scene completely ruined the experience--especially since we are in an age of terrorism and bombings.
Clever but too dark and sick at the end. With a more appropriately upbeat ending, this film would have been great.
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