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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.

Directors:

Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter

Writers:

Max Porter (script), Ru Kuwahata (script) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Albert Birney Albert Birney ... Sam (voice)
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Storyline

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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Animation | Short

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The short is dedicated to the memory of Nina Frenkel. See more »

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Featured in 2018 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation (2018) See more »

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Can definitely see why the Academy likes it.
1 March 2018 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'NEGATIVE SPACE': Four Stars (Out of Five)

A 5-minute animated short film about a young boy, named Sam, who's always away from his dad, due to the busy parent's frequent business trips. The father is still able to keep a relationship with his son though, by teaching the boy how to pack a suitcase. This short was directed by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata. I found it to be simple, but quirky and interesting enough (in a very odd way). The animation has a lot of character to it, and so does the film. It's even a little touching, and funny as well (in some places). I can definitely see why the Academy likes it.


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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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Production Co:

Ikki Films, Manuel Cam See more »
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1.85 : 1
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