Nothing polish- or makeup-related, though. Just a lovely, touching little film that you may have never seen.
As I’ve mentioned too many times to count, I love movies, films, whatever you want to call them. And I think the short film is an often an unappreciated subcategory.
If you’ve got twelve minutes today, here’s an animated short that won the Oscar in 2009, La Maison en Petits Cubes. Despite its French name, it was made by a group of Japanese artists, and there is no spoken dialogue nor subtitles you have to read. The soundtrack is simple yet hauntingly lovely.
Or a clickable link: http://youtu.be/aY6-hXdjwpw
Some people wigged out, thinking this was a social commentary on global warming, but nothing could be further from the truth. The water is symbolic — I think it symbolizes time. The main character’s house, built of so many petits cubes, is his life. Haven’t you ever felt like your life is a series of rooms or chapters or train cars or whatever, one after the other — connected yet separate?
And haven’t you ever been, say, looking at an old photo album and almost feel like you’re there, in the past? Then you look up and are surprised to see you’re in the here and now.
The film is slow to start but really gets going at about the five-minute mark. Still, you need the background the first few minutes provide. And I cry every time I watch it.