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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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English | French | Japanese | Mandarin

Release Date:

4 March 2005 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$45,000 (estimated)
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Impressive for an independent work
9 August 2007 | by sales-963See all my reviews

I have heard numerous praise for this film's unique approach and artistry, and also some criticism that its animation isn't ILM quality. Of course it isn't! What I think those critics miss is that this was produced by a single person. Why compare it to works by large studios? Compared to other independent works its an impressive artistic and philosophical statement. I had wanted to see the film after hearing that its directors' art had been shown at museums all over the world. After seeing the film I understood why. He's not trying to compete with major animation studios, he's trying to create a new genre of art. One more comment: in my opinion the 10 minute version they recently released is a huge improvement. The new score better compliments the visuals, and the quote at the beginning touches well upon the film's redemptive theme. I would skip the long version in favor of it.

"We will cross the River of Oblivion and shall not stain the soul." - Socrates

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