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Fragile Machine (2005)

Leda Nea stares into the void that surrounds her and asks the ancient question "Who am I?" The words echo ceaselessly until the world she believes to exist has been destroyed.


Ben Steele


Molly Pinckney, Xi




Credited cast:
Molly Pinckney Molly Pinckney ... Goho, Mary Nea
Xi Xi ... Leda Nea


Fragile Machine is an underground cg film about science, religion, and man's role in a new nature of which he has partial authorship. Through a unique combination of animation and music which some have likened to an 'electronic operetta' it tells the story of the first girl to be built in a factory instead of born from a womb. The questions abound regarding her creation. Why was she made? Does she have a soul? Where would she go if she died? These and other questions are all examined in a fractured and experimental way. As in opera, the story serves the music and visuals, whose style embodies the drama of the piece. It is intended for audiences who love film and animation for their own sake, who want to take time to dissect a massively layered and compressed work and extract meaning and underlying structure. The work draws upon conclusions from quantum physics about the structure of reality, and attempts to build a bridge between numerous philosophical and religious traditions ... Written by Kyoko, Aoineko

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Very cool indie anime flick
3 September 2005 | by luther-17See all my reviews

A fascinating combination of CG art and music by the indie Aoineko crew. This film is definitely worth a watch for fans of experimental narratives and video art.

The film follows protagonist Leda Nea through a series of different layers of reality. Initially she is propelled only by grief, yet as the film evolves, other forces appear within her.

It is a difficult film to describe, though in some ways it reminds of Kurosawa No Yume, another of my personal favorites. There is very little dialogue in Fragile Machine, save for chapter introductions read by a totally creepy Japanese doll, which sets the mood quite well, and has an awesome tie in at the end.

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4 March 2005 (USA) See more »


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$45,000 (estimated)
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