Tsumiki no Ie / La Maison en Petits Cubes / The House of Small Cubes


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12 min. – Animation, Short, Drama

PLOT

As his town is flooded by water, an old man is forced to add additional levels onto his home with bricks (cubes) in order to stay dry. But when he accidentally drops his favorite smoking pipe into the lower levels of his home, his search for the pipe eventually makes him relive scenes from his eventful life.

VERDICT

A short, sweet, emotional drama with some solid metaphor. Time may take many things from us, it may give us many sorrows as well as happy memories. But it also teaches us to move on in life. As the old man dives underwater, he relives all the happy memories he had throughout his life. He may have wished to stay there and forever keep those in mind. He may have even wished to die, leaving behind all the sorrow and loneliness. But he decides to move on. He teaches us one of the most important things in life. Something which we must always keep in mind. No matter where we live or how old we are.

AWARDS

Won the Oscar for ‘Best Short-film, animated’ in 2009 and The Annecy Cristal in 2008.

Watch the film here: http://youtu.be/0V9BYAZP3yU

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FLAG Director’s Edition: Issenman no Kufura no Kiroku


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The camera has been watching. Watching countless acts of human folly and utter brutality on countless battlefields. The camera has been watching. Watching the everyday routine of humanity.The little joys, the secret hopes. The camera has seen them all and recorded them as numerous fragments of time. In each of these moments frozen in time forever, we are treated to a glimpse of the unvarnished truth. As time marches on, it fades into memory. But those voices from the past, those moments frozen in time, those individual photographs have been known to change the course of history…and they have also been known to determine the course of a single person’s life. Now once again, a photograph, a moment frozen in time is about to change the world.

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Angel’s Egg


Don’t flame me if the review has already been got over and done with before since I’m not going to give my own review just this once anyway. But before I copy-paste a somewhat substantial review from somewhere (most of you must have already read it time and again and have memorized it by now) I would like to opine a bit about this ever obfuscating movie.

All I can say is that it would appear to be an extraordinary metaphor only when you are well versed in Bible. When I watched the movie for the first time ages back, I really struggled to comprehend what the movie was all about, I couldn’t figure out where it starts and where it all ends. Yes sure I had my own interpretations and we all know about Noah’s Ark and shit, but the thing is, I couldn’t dredge the actual bottom no matter how I looked at it. For the first time, I felt defeated in this context and I had to look for a proper explanation online and once I did check, everything finally fell in place. Unto that point in time, I had been constantly trying to interpret the movie from the perspective of both philosophy and psychology but after going through the elaborate analysis I realized that psychology is the last thing you’d want to attach to Angel’s Egg. Angel’s Egg really doesn’t offer any scope to have multiple general interpretations. It’s NOTHING PSYCHOLOGICAL…I repeat NOTHING PSYCHOLOGICAL but ENTIRELY PHILOSOPHICAL. Angel’s Egg is but an egg of Mamoru Oshi-san’s lifelong history with Christianity. If there has ever been any anime movie sprouting from religious perceptions, it has to be Angel’s Egg. I’ll say it again this movie will thrill you only when you grasp the philosophy behind it all for which you need to fall back on the holy bible. Anyway here’s the copy-paste of the Analysis as promised. Please read if you haven’t already:- Continue reading