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One night of the eighteenth century, in the depths of the mountain, a human being is lost and finds a small temple. In the moment when he enters the room space is transformed into a completely different world.

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Not among my favorites.
8 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

This year's crop of Oscar-nominated animated shorts is unusual. In the past, normally there are 2 or 3 films which are exceptional and I would be happy seeing any of them win. This year, however, "Get a Horse!" is so superior that I would be incredibly shocked if it did not win. Now I normally prefer shorts from small film companies--as I want to encourage the non-corporate players and an Oscar is a great way to do it. But Disney simply outdid itself and the rest just pale in comparison.

Of all the nominees, at least "Possessions" is not the worst. I know this sounds very harsh, but I was left perplexed by this one and another nomination because they just didn't seem outstanding to me--at least not enough to be nominated for such a prize.

The story shows a man wandering through the forest and he stops at an old abandoned house for shelter. However, the place is haunted (of sorts) and the guy really seemed to try very hard to make his peace with the spirits and do right by them.

The film is Japanese and looks VERY much inspired by anima--very. The story is slight and the animation a bit better than what you'd see in a typical anime and the story is enjoyable.


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