Tag: France

November 30, 2021 · 0 comments

Summit of the Gods

Summit of the Gods

By Andrew Osmond. Animated characters are made out of ink or pixels, not flesh and blood, but that doesn’t mean the audience can’t feel their pain. There’s a moment in Perfect Blue where a character bellyflops on a shard of glass that still makes me wince. So does a scene in The Girl Who Leapt […]

November 24, 2019 · 0 comments

I Lost My Body

I Lost My Body

The hand stood up on three fingers and its thumb, and craned its forefinger like a long nose… Slowly the hand crept over the stones, searching. I Lost My Body, screening in selected cinemas before hitting Netflix on Friday, isn’t anime. But this outstanding French animation is the kind of film that pushes animation – […]

August 30, 2018 · 0 comments

Once Upon a Time… Life

Once Upon a Time… Life

By Raz Greenberg. Based on Akane Shimizu’s original manga, David Production’s Cells at Work! quickly became one of the highlights of the current anime season, especially due to its innovative concept: portraying the cells within the human body as anthropomorphised characters, with a particular emphasis given to the daring deliveries of oxygen by the red […]

June 23, 2017 · 0 comments

Sex, Satan & Psychedelia

Sex, Satan & Psychedelia

By Helen McCarthy. Belladonna of Sadness, the last film from Osamu Tezuka’s groundbreaking studio Mushi Pro, crashed and burned soon after the studio itself. It failed at the Japanese box office, and made little impression on the world outside Japan. French film journal Les Cahiers du Cinema recently hailed it as “the hidden treasure of […]

May 30, 2017 · 0 comments

My Life as a Courgette

My Life as a Courgette

By Andrew Osmond. The stop-motion My Life as a Courgette is not an anime film, but has one of the chief fascinations of an anime like A Silent Voice. It tells a story in animation that you couldn’t imagine coming from one of the big Hollywood studios. Also like Silent Voice, the story acknowledges the […]

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