An anthology film set in colonial Africa in the late 19th century telling the stories of 5 different characters: a troubled king, a middle-aged Pygmy working in a luxury hotel, a failed ...
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An anthology film set in colonial Africa in the late 19th century telling the stories of 5 different characters: a troubled king, a middle-aged Pygmy working in a luxury hotel, a failed businessman on an expedition, a lost porter and a young army deserter.
A true wonder of animation, and one of the most emotionally and chillingly beautiful movies I've ever seen!
This Magnificent Cake combines 5 short stories set in ancient colonial DRC. Congo, and accomplishes to paint a bizarre, yet emotionally investing picture of those horrific times from several perspectives.
It's length of a mere 44 minutes, the plethora of barely connected stories, the animation style and the absence of much dialogue legitimately makes this film a world wonder in my books, in how it's able to flesh out the characters so humanly, and most of all, is able to make so much happen! There is death, discrimination, loss, grief, and so much more happening to so many characters in such a short amount of time! In a way it reminds me of how Quentin Tarantino fleshes out his characters through dialogue, until suddenly something horrific happens. However, that dialogue is just filled with observing, thoughtful stares and real human emotion that I've never before experienced in animation!
The animation is impeccable and stunningly detailed. The score is chillingly beautiful and uses it's silence just as impactfully as the dialogue does. The sound design is truly captivating, as it mixes the woolen set-design with sharp and solid ambiance of caves and buildings. The voice-acting is on point, and the different languages add to the isolation of the characters.
A problem some people have with the movie is that the stories either don't go enough in-depth, or that they don't combine together into a coherent plot, but if fully disagree. Sure, it's minimalist in that perspective, but that's exactly it's beauty. It serves you beautifully threaded strings of story and character that you can knot into a spiderweb in your own mind, and then view the terrifying, gut-punching and spine-chilling overarching colonial spider that devours it's enslaved pray. But as horrendous and inexcusable the actions of the Belgian colonialists were back then, the movie also adds backstory to their hardships, loneliness, misfortunes and ignorance in an unbiased way.
This is easily in my top 3 favorite movies of all time, and each time i thing back to it i get goosebumps. I truly hope this masterpiece of an undiscovered gem gets the recognition it deserves. I could literally not recommend it more!
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