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Death and the Mother (1988)

Black-and-white, etched-wood animation tale about the Grim Reaper. In a remote forest, Death in disguise calls on a woman and her baby daughter. When the mother realises the identity of her... See full summary »

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Ruth Lingford
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Black-and-white, etched-wood animation tale about the Grim Reaper. In a remote forest, Death in disguise calls on a woman and her baby daughter. When the mother realises the identity of her visitor, and his intention to claim her child, she tries to flee the inevitable. Of course, try as she might, she cannot evade Death. Eventually, she accepts her fate when confronted with a window into her future. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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Animation | Drama | Short

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UK

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English

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1997 (UK) See more »

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Channel Four Films See more »
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Dreadful and depression...but it's supposed to be that way.
31 August 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a depressing and dreadful little film but since this is the purpose of the story, I can't fault the film makers. It is an animated film with a very blocky and rather Expressionistic style--a lot like old woodcuts that have been given movement. The film begins with the Angel of Death walking through the woods. As it walks, its facial skeletal features change to human form and back--letting the viewer know that it can change forms to trick the living. In a nearby house is a sick child being cuddled by its mother. Death takes the sick child and the mother sets out in earnest to recover the tot.

The film is rather surreal and difficult to describe beyond this. I didn't particularly enjoy the film but at the same time really respect the quality of the animation and the story--they did a great job.


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