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Negative Space (2017)

Even though Sam's father is hardly ever home because he is often away on business trips, he is able to connect with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase.

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Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter
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Albert Birney Albert Birney ... Sam (voice)
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After years of practice, Sam is now an expert in packing. Meticulous, and with an eye for detail, Sam transforms this mundane but challenging process to a ritual and a true form of art, as the finite space of a suitcase can magically offer so many different combinations, otherwise unseen to the untrained eye. But, it is this unusual knack for taking advantage of the bag's nooks and crannies that binds him with his father, along with the vibrant memories of childhood, and the bittersweet taste of a silent but ardent affection. How much love can one cram in the negative space of recollection? Written by Nick Riganas

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Country:

France

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Espacio negativo See more »

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Ikki Films, Manuel Cam See more »
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1.85 : 1
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The Little Things
13 February 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

How do fathers and sons connect? Is it by playing games? By hugging? To this day, I'm not sure how my father and I ever did it, although we did.... I'd like to think so, anyway. I know after I spoke at my father's memorial service (and my brother didn't), he smiled and said "That's who he was to you." In this animated short, a father and son connect by the father, a traveling salesman, teaching his son how to do something very important to him: pack a suitcase well.

The piece is a trifle about trifles, yet anyone who has ever cared deeply about another individual will tell you that it's not the big things that matter, but the trifles that no one else notices that gets you through, the secrets out in the open. I'm not certain how much the visual choices add to this short -- animating it as a computer-derived claymation piece is odd. The choices don't really have time to affect the impact, as it is short enough to maintain its impact.


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