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An elderly monk, while training the young novice who will succeed him, recalls the mysterious lost love of his past - just as his young successor appears to be encountering her himself.

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Aleksandr Petrov
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Evgeniya Smolyaninova Evgeniya Smolyaninova ... (singing voice) (as Yevgeniya Smolyaninova)
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In spring, during the ice drift, a young monk sees a mermaid in the river for the first time. Then she appears to him again, wanting to drag him under the water. Another monk, an elderly man, seeing this, understands that a mermaid is a girl who had been deceived by him in his youth and drowned. When a mermaid tries to drown a young monk during a thunderstorm, the old man enters into a fight with her, and both die. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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Russia

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Russian

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February 1997 (Germany) See more »

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The Mermaid See more »

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Dolby Stereo (in selected theatres)

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Color
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Grand Prix at the 1997 Espinho International Film Festival (Portugal). See more »

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Version of The Little Mermaid (1976) See more »

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Epic and like a moving tapestry
12 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I am a huge fan of Pixar and have complained in a few of my reviews when I felt some of their shorts were unfairly snubbed by the Oscars (especially for KNICK KNACK), here I actually think the winning short for 1998 (Pixar's GERI'S GAME) wasn't nearly as good a film as Petrov's MERMAID--which was also nominated but somehow came up short.

Russian director Aleksandr Petrov has been nominated for several Oscars for Best Animated Short Film--such as for THE COW and THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. Each features a style totally unlike any other studio, as Petrov's shorts are like little epic movies and moving tapestries combined. I am not exaggerating to say that his films are much more works of art than films--and you could never call them cartoons! I will try to describe the style, but frankly the only way to really appreciate them is to see one yourself. The artwork is like a painting that moves in a very fluid style--like the wind is pushing the scenes.


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