To celebrate Jack London's 100th death anniversary, director Fx Goby adapted his famous novel, "To Build a Fire", tragic tale of a trapper and his dog in the freezing Yukon, into an animated short film.
Well structured and paced, with consistent control of tone across the segments
This film is a collection of conversations in cars, all between two people but in different settings, subjects, tones, and outcomes. Mostly it is about relationships in some way, and this is the only common theme - expect that they also occur within cars of course. Each conversation plays out in 3-4 sections, rotating around the cars across the running time. If that sounds like it would have a fragmenting effect, in truth it is what gives makes the film engage and flow as well as it does.
In and of themselves, the individual conversations are not amazing, but they are well constructed in their setting, and in small touches like music playing or not, time of day, the specifics of the cast - items like this. The pace across the film helps it too - we never spend too long with any conversation, and actually get plenty from small things. The differences between the conversations is also important, and the film is consistent within each scene, while also managing the shifts between them very well. The cast are all natural and convincing (not that I know any Swedish, but physically they came across as 'real' conversations).
Interesting short film that works well thanks to the structure, pace, and consistent tone within each segment.
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