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Le moine et le poisson (1994)

A plump and exuberant monk goes fishing, and a playful fish eludes him. First the monk uses a rod and reel, then a net; over and over, he ends up fish-less and wet. Sleepless, he tries ... See full summary »
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A plump and exuberant monk goes fishing, and a playful fish eludes him. First the monk uses a rod and reel, then a net; over and over, he ends up fish-less and wet. Sleepless, he tries luring the fish at night with a bank of candles. He tries a bow and arrow. The tireless and insouciant fish leads the monk through a viaduct, over irrigated steppes, across cisterns, down canals. Suddenly, the monk's chase and the fish's teasing flight become a spiritual journey. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Not For Hollywood Fans
23 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

I'm just going to mention my friend planktonrules from Florida that think this film is dull and pretentious, first of all you my friend are completely wrong sorry that the US had ruined your taste of art with all the Hollywood wave, as this film is a really deep art that was done actually by a genius of his time. check his other work to make sure. First of all this film is very deep as it interpret the idea of a holly person -the monk- that lived his whole life in one perspective only resembled in the church, gets a hint of of something different a new and different idea in the holly water that he cannot bare to hold. he has the urge to remove it from his mind by all means he cannot accept it. until the idea takes him away from his one perspective single view to another experience to see other angels, different ways and a journey to unite with this experience and idea in the end and that is shown in the ending scene when the monk and the fish keep fading until they are complete and unified. Secondly the film has a perfect timing technique where the music sync precisely with every move the monk or the fish does, I'm telling you as an animator this is not easy at all. Also the style is amazingly simplified but at the same time very expressive. Michael Dudok de Wit is one of the best animators and short film directors all over the world, his work is being taught to almost all animation colleges all over the world. and finally this is not cartoon


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