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An unknowing man rescues a rather aggressive and demanding harpy.

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Raoul Servais

Writer:

Raoul Servais (scenario)
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Cast overview:
Will Spoor Will Spoor ... Man
Fran Waller Zeper Fran Waller Zeper ... Harpy
Sjoert Schwibethus Sjoert Schwibethus ... Assailant
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A city dweller, out for an evening stroll, hears a woman's cries for help and rescues her from an assailant who is trying to drown her in a public fountain. However, when our mild-mannered hero pulls her from the water, she proves to be not a woman but a harpy - with a woman's face and breasts and the body of bird of prey. He takes her home and treats her like a human, but she is true to her nature, mercilessly and ravenously taking command of the household, dispatching his pet, and trying to make sure he can't leave. When he does manage, by a clever ruse, to get out of the flat and enjoy a snack, things don't go as he'd hoped. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Belgium

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Release Date:

May 1979 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Harpia See more »

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Absolon Films See more »
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Excellent animated short offers a new spin on Greek mythology
25 July 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

I've always enjoyed short films and this animated effort is one of the best I've seen. Created by Belgian auteur Raoul Servais, it's a simple reworking of a legend from ancient Greece, that of the harpy who torments men by eating all of their food. Servais uses animation to great effect, as real actors are transformed and become people living in a make-believe world that looks quirky and beautiful at the same time.

Eliciting excellent performances from the two leads, Will Spoor and Fran Waller Zeper, this eight-minute feature is utterly weird and often horrific, and it's currently doing the Internet rounds on account of its scary nature. Its top-class animation makes it unmissable for those with an interest in the arts while in the meantime it stands alone as a horror film far more terrifying than 90% of recent genre fare.


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