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Dylan Stephen Levers,
Delicate piece about child abuse, which avoids its pitfalls pretty well
A small group of children play together, drawn together by all having stains of one form or another. Despite the cute and smooth animation, the viewer comes to understand what the stains mean, and why they look different on each child.
There is a disarming sense to this, if you come in not sure what to expect as I did. The film does have a slightly dark or brooding tone from the very start, but it has some lightness to it that is deceptive in the bigger picture. The small moments of children reflecting upon their stains are more affecting than expected, and the final sequence is nicely delivered in its simplicity as well as it visual inventiveness. The concept had the potential to be a bit too obvious or pat, but mostly it manages to avoid this; the shorter running time certainly helps that because it doesn't pad or stretch anything too much.
The ending leaves a mark, the animation is smooth and clever, and a difficult subject is handled well in this short.
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