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.
Wonderful animation - it's a shame the story was inadequate.
I really wanted to love this short. When I satrted watching it, I was mesmerized by the animation, the character design, the colour palette, the textures, the voice acting and sound design...
Unfortunately, all these positive aspects were ruined by an extremely vague narrative posing as "dreamlike".
The "biting" humor doesn't work. The non-commentary on the horrors of racism and what Belgium's done in Congo is stumpy, to say the least. Are we meant to empathize with the racist, horrid characters because of their awkward, if a bit funnily gross representation?
The film, ultimately, doesn't say anything. That would be OK if it wasn't saying that it was saying something.
I'm extremely disappointed, hence the extremely low amount of stars.
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