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This film deals with a Jewish family in Montreal, Canada as they care for a dying grandmother and the young boy who is impatient to get the room he was promised as soon as she kicks the bucket.

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Caroline Leaf

Writers:

Mordecai Richler (screenplay), Mordecai Richler (story)
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Mort Ransen Mort Ransen ... (voice)
Sarah Dwight Sarah Dwight ... (voice)
John Hood John Hood ... (voice)
Vera Leitman Vera Leitman ... (voice)
Howard Ryshpan ... (voice)
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Inspired by the homonymous short story by Montreal author, Mordecai Richler, Caroline Leaf's paint-on-glass animated fable attempts to probe into the diverse emotional reactions of a tightly-knit Jewish family to an ailing and dying grandmother. However, not all members feel the same. Some of them are devastated, some are stoical--while, others--can't wait to see a pending promise fulfilled. Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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La calle See more »

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Wonderful Artwork Is The Attraction Here
13 July 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

To me, the best part of this story - by far - was the art. The animated short was painted on glass, frame by frame and has a different look to it than anything I have ever seen. It's fascinating to view. I would watch this again just to appreciate the visuals, which are unique.

I didn't find the story funny, which is what you usually expect from an animated short. It wasn't even appealing to me. It really isn't a cartoon, in that sense, but simply a short Jewish family's story illustrated instead of photographed. A young kid narrates the tale of his grandmother dying, and some of the reactions of the rest of the family. The kid is a bit of wise-guy. I might even watch this again with the sound off because the art is that good!

This movie was part of the DVD "Leonard Maltin's Animation Favorites From The National Film Board Of Canada.


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