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Like last year, I went to a special showing of the Oscar-nominated
animated short films. However, unlike last year, in addition to the
nominees, several "commended films" were also shown. In this review
I'll make my predictions, though if it's anything like last year's
choices, I'll probably once again pick the wrong shorts as my favorite
for the award.
As far as SKHIZEIN being a commended film, this surprised me because it was clearly better than several of those that received the nomination. That's because the animation was so unique with SKHIZEIN and the story was also truly one of a kind. If the Academy wishes to honor the unique and revolutionary, then what better choice than this film? Instead, somehow LAVATORY LOVE STORY (a very, very simply drawn film with an enjoyable but schmaltzy story) and OKTAPODI (too short and simple to deserve nomination) were nominated and SKHIZEIN didn't. Fortunately, as a commended film, it will at least receive more widespread viewing if that's a consolation.
SKHIZEIN is a strange film that begins with a man at a psychiatrist's office talking about his problem. It seems that since a meteorite struck nearby, he's been "out of phase". In other words, every thing he does is 91 centimeters off (that's a yard for all of us non-metric folks)! When he goes to the toilet, for example, he needs to stand 91 centimeters to the right or he'll miss! And, when he wants to look out the window, he puts his head through the wall next to the window! It's all very strange yet compelling. What is also strange is the animation style. While it uses CGI, the look is totally unique and the main character looks a lot like a child's drawing or the David character from David Shannon's books.
Unique, compelling and clever--what more could you want from an animated short?!
Part of the fun and joy of being a movie fan in touch with so many
other movie fans (thanks to the wonder of the internet) is discovering
little gems that I would never have otherwise heard of. Skhizein is one
such gem and I can only continue to thank the person who recommended
An animated short that runs for only 13 minutes, this tells the rather comical and yet sad story of a man affected by a meteorite in a most peculiar way. Once he has been struck he finds that his body is now constantly 91 centimetres from where it should be. To open a door, sit down, answer his telephone, etc, he has to perform all of the actions exactly 91 centimetres away from where he normally would, laws of physics having taken a long walk off a short pier.
With a warm, wonderfully rendered style and a mixture of great detail and enjoyably abstract moments, this little piece of animation is, quite frankly, an absolute joy. The bizarre central concept is brilliantly realised and handled so well that you never laugh AT the ridiculousness of the whole thing although you do get a chance to laugh ALONG with a number of great moments.
Writer-director-animator Jérémy Clapin is someone I hope continues to produce great work and go on to even bigger and better things. On the strength of the quality on display here, he most certainly deserves it.
See this if you like: Being John Malkovich, Les triplettes de Belleville AKA Belleville Rendez-Vous, Pi.
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This was such a fascinating and underrated short, with a very original
and pleasant visual style, which makes a great use of CGI. The
characters designs were very cute, contrasting with the tone of the
The plot was well crafted and smart, combining subtle humor with a serious subtext: While the premise of somebody being affected by the contact with one meteorite could sound like something from one science-fiction or a comic-book story, "Skhizein" takes a more intimate perspective, focusing in how the effects of the meteorite changes the life and personality of the main character.
One interesting aspect from the plot of "Skhizein" is that, besides of the protagonist, nobody seems to notice how he has to be exactly ninety-one centimeters from everything. Instead of that, they only notice some little changes of his usual behavior. Personally, I see this as an allegory of the feelings of isolation and loneliness that people could have in modern times, and that's why I found very easy to relate with the main character of this short, despite the strangeness of the story.
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The story is quite interesting. A man is 91cm away from himself after
struck being struck by a meteorite.
The graphics is very nice. I also love the tone of the film. As previously mentioned, the animation style looks a little childish, which I found refreshing. Because of the subject, the film has a little sadness and darkness to it. The tone aligns with the man's pain from coping with his life. I could almost feel his misery and suffering. The French also sounded great.
Only thing I'm not quite satisfied with is not having a more definite ending. I sure hope more people get to see films like this.
This movie is truly inspiring! It's depressive, though. But definitely
worth seeing. I actually like the animation style. Original and
appropriate for the story. However, it's not a children's animation.
It's mature, it's sad.
I would have expected a false sophistication of the movie from the beginning - but it's not like this. It has depth, it is creative and clever. The saddest thing is how he is only one who sees himself as he is and no one understands his condition. But he keeps fighting it. Just like everyone else in some way. And of course, the end is heartbreaking as I almost shed a tear.
Conclusion: You must see it!! This is without doubt among the best short animation films I have ever seen.
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