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  • Actors: varied
  • Directors: Igor Legarreta, Emilio Perez, Chris Stenner, Arvid Uibel, Philippe Prouff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013K2YNW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,353 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

EL GRAN ZAMBINI aka THE GREAT ZAMBINI - Spain - Live Action - 15 minutes
The remains of an ancient circus can still be seen on the outskirts of a big city, as we follow the story of an aging circus performer and the troubled relationship he has with his young son.

MANN IM MOND aka MAN IN THE MOON - Germany - Animated - 7 minutes
A little man who lives on the moon spends his days working on his dirt garden, keeping himself busy, and longing for company. When in 1969 the first manned mission to land on the moon is started, his dream is about to come true. One day he notices a light heading his way from the large blue planet that fills his vista, and he runs out to greet his new guests, only to get a big surprise in return.

LA LECON DE DANSE aka THE DANCE LESSON - France - Live Action - 5 minutes
This film is dedicated to all the people who want to impress others with revolutionary dance training. You will no longer have an excuse not to move your body to the sound of digital beats. Two left feet? No rhythm? No problem. One man breaks it down in this hilarious instructional dance class.

THE SICKIE - Great Btitain - Live Action - 14 minutes
When events at work prove too stressful for Douglas Knott, an over-worked, under-appreciated employee, he decides to make his boss and co-workers notice him by his absence. He decides to throw a sickie. Unfortunately, his attempts to enjoy a day off are soon sabotaged by the insidious voice of his conscience, literally!

DIAMONDS IN A BUCKET - Canada - Live Action - 21 minutes
Vivian won't admit she's been a doormat all her life. Harold won't admit his songs are garbage. Vivian wants a man, any man, who'll look after her. Harold wants a woman to adore him and fix his tea. When they meet, they are destined to have a sad, pathetic relationship. That is, until Harold's thirty-year old daughter shows up and ruins everything.

MIGRATION ASSISTEE aka AIDED MIGRATION - France - Animated 3D - 5 minutes
Finally, it's time for Sureau (a migratory bird) to go on his long awaited journey, the big trip, the love season! Yet whilst he anxiously gets ready to leave, Sureau is diagnosed with a nitrogen allergy. From now on, he will have to fly by plane, alongside the other cripples.

NO BIKINI - Canada - Live Action - 8 minutes
No Bikini introduces us to a young girl who defies sexual convention during her summer swim class, all beginning with an ill-fitted bathing suit. Filled with humor, this film is less about defining one's gender than it is about discovering personal strength.

A HALF MAN - Canada - Stop Motion Animation - 5 minutes
A whole man contained in half a body struggles to maintain his daily routine and provide for the child in his care.

Customer Reviews

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It's well done and pretty funny.
t.tone
And the next one I really liked was animated movie abnout bird's migration.
Helena
It will appeal to kids and adults alike.
Leizl

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diane Moore VINE VOICE on November 18, 2008
Format: DVD
I feel lucky to find these at my local library. I love short films, and these movies are hard to get unless you buy them. I have seen a handful of the Film Movement films, and they are always excellent.

I didn't like all of the short films, but 5 out of 8 is not bad! They range from 5 to 15 minutes, and they are filmed all over the world. My favorites were:

Aided Migration- An animated story about a bird who isn't well enough to migrate, so he has to take a plane, but it goes the wrong way. Lucky for him, a vengeful animal in disguise has a plan.

The Sickie- A dedicated, hard-working man takes care of everything (and everyone) in the office, but he needs a break, so he decides to call in a "sickie." Can he actually stay away?

Man in the Moon- Another fun animated film where a man who lives on the moon realizes that he will have some visitors very soon.

A Half Man- This one was a little depressing, but very strange and interesting. A man with only half of his body (animated) does his best to work and take care of his little girl, without letting his body parts fall out.

The Great Zambini- A man, who used to be in the circus, tries to win back the affection of his son. It appears to be filmed in Spain, but you would never know it, because there are only 2-3 words spoken throughout. The sign of a great story is that there is no need for the characters to speak, because they show you everything, not tell. This one was my favorite.

The other three films were pretty good, but I liked these the most. Well worth a viewing. Recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helena on June 16, 2008
Format: DVD
I generally like Film Movement selections and these shorts were first of the kind I saw offered to the public. I decided to try them, since they are compilation of the 8 (eight) short movies from various short film festivals in Europe and North America. Some of the films are animations, some are computer graphics and others are just great short stories interestingly setup. The absolute best of all is the film called "Dance Lessons" by a French director. It has not a single spoken word in it but will make you laugh all the way. The second one I like most is the short British film called "Sickie" about overworked and under-appreciated office worked who decides to take a sick day off until he realizes that VIP will not get all his servcies in order for that day unless he personally takes care of it. The music in "Sickie" is absolutely great. And the next one I really liked was animated movie abnout bird's migration. What is bird to do if he cannot fly to the warm climate? Totally cute one. The selection is very interesting and the thought process behind these short muvies in deep, not accidendal. Do not think that because these films are short that they were slapped on quickly without serious effort. To the contrary, these young directors have said a lot with only 5 minutes of time alloted to them. But the "Dance Lesson" is movie no one can forget - ever!!
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I must confess, I haven't yet watched all 8 of these (yet)

If one grows tired of 90 minute or 2 hour or 2.5 hour movies, an alternative is to watch short films, such as this collection. I read that they ranged from 5 to 15 minutes; actually I think the longest was 21 minutes and I didn't finish it yet.

Like the comparison between novels and short stories, short films and movies have little in common except the use of the same medium. The goals and means for achieving them must be substantially different. This is a collection of short films which won awards at film festivals including: Toronto, Vancouver, L.A. Shorts, Stuttgard, Young Digital Creators, Clermont-Ferrand, Calgary, Seattle, Mieres, Dresden, Tehran, and Cannes. That's 12 festivals and there are only 8 short films, so obviously some won multiple awards.

I watched (so far) almost 6 of the 8 and would only call some of them "fair". Out of the six I saw, my favorite was only 5
minutes long and from France, titled "The Dance Lesson". This is a one-person act; no animation or special effects (except
a bit of strobe lighting). It begins looking like anything but a dance lesson, and in fact rather boring and absurd. By the
time it is over, I think most viewers will have radically changed their minds.

No two films are from the same director nor have anything like the same presentation. There's sure to be a few you would enjoy, and some you can skip.
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Visually stunning, with a heart warming message that will literally lift one's spirit. It will appeal to kids and adults alike.
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By t.tone on October 12, 2011
This is a solid short. It's well done and pretty funny. There's no reason not to spend five minutes watching this.
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