An explorer visits what appears to be the ruins of a gothic cathedral. There seem to be some strange statues, though, whose faces follow him as he makes his way to the end; the sun comes out, and he stops at the edge of a cliff.
An old Viking is determined to reach Valhalla, the warrior's afterlife full of excessive drinking and debauchery. To gain entry he has to die honorably in battle, but he discovers that the right death isn't so easy.
Alberte Thorning Agerskov,
Jack E. Sovtar
Polish director Tomasz Bagiński directed the surreal animated short "Cathedral" in 2002, and then the anti-war animated short "Fallen Art" in 2004. He took a different turn with "The Kinematograph". This one came out more sentimental. I interpreted it to be a look at how a personal goal can end up dominating one's life such that one forgets one's relationships (kind of like what "God's Little Acre" was about). Basically, we all need to have connections with people.
I didn't find it as good as Bagiński's previous work, but it's not terrible. I'll be eager to see the director's future output.
I wonder why he filmed this one in English.
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