A transformation of innocence through the journey of life, a gentle drama about a young girl who endures life in the face of anticipatory loss.


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The story is set in the late 1800's rural countryside during the dead of winter. A little girl lives with her ailing mother and their scruffy dog in a large Gothic style mansion. One day she bundles up, tucks an orange in her pocket and goes for a walk with her dog. During her outing, several things happen that test her ability to endure. This gentle drama reminds us that during hardship, human nature will rise to the occasion and give us the strength that is asked of us. Written by Amy Collen

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A bitter sweet animated short film


Animation | Short






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14 October 2004 (USA)  »

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$10,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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A much-needed reminder that film-making is first and foremost a visual medium
17 February 2007 | by (Boston, MA, United States) – See all my reviews

WINTER, an animated short by Andy Collen and Amy Blumenstein-Collen, stands as a reminder in today's film world—a world dominated by computer-generated explosions and pop soundtracks—that narrative film-making is about telling a story. WINTER captures a morning in the life of a young girl with a sick, bedridden mother. As the young girl tends to her mother, the family dog asks to go outside. The young girl takes her pet for a walk and returns with a gift for her mother. When her mother fails to respond, the young girl fears the worst.

With no dialogue, this pen-and-ink, animated tale subtly filters this winter morning through the eyes of its main character. Illustrated with carefully chosen low and high-angle shots, we are able to see both how large the world appears to her and how small she appears in her surroundings. Moreover, the detail given to her actions—her need to use two hands to move her mother's arm, for example, and the matter-of-fact way she contends with a banister out of reach—help define her place in the world around her.

Andy Collen, Amy Blumenstein-Collen, and their team have put together a motion picture that is more than simply well-crafted. Its touching, intimate story, without the inclusion of so much as one spoken word, is both a rarity in modern film and a much-needed reminder that film-making is first and foremost a visual medium.

-- Aaron & Seth Howland (Boston Motion Picture Awards)

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