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(Jan 08, 2008)
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I'm so glad Amazon has this so I can order it, I want my family to see it. It's a pretty lively flick, but really, really weird. It's not going to be for everyone, it's quirky rather than horror or action, with some rather bittersweet moments.
It's the story of 2 very strange old ladies who wall themselves off from life with their ever-growing collection of found junk. One day though they collect the wrong thing and it has a young girl attached, who enters their home and their lives and endless ruckus ensues. Bit by bit the old ladies are reminded of what young girls are like and recall that they too were once that way. It's a charming, cute, sweet (mostly) journey of ravelings and unravelings, and it really tickled the heck out of me to watch it.
So... it's not gonna change your life, it won't make or break your movie watching career. But it's a really cute, fun movie with lots of little surprises, and very heartwarming. But weird!
As to the story itself: it's told in the form of a fairy tale, combining live action, animation, and puppetry to reveal psychological truths in a fractured form, often out of sequence. Two elderly sisters make a daily ritual of scouring the neighborhood for junk, which they take home, lovingly catalog in hand-drawn books, and cherish as friends with feelings who watch over them. But one day, a cache of bright red yarn brings with it a strange girl, one who knits the yarn into a sweater, then screams that it has to be knit all over again, then unravels it, and begins anew.
While none of this makes sense at first, there's a firm hand behind the scenes. Gradually a tragic story of arrested childhood & deep loss begins to unfold, and we realize that we're seeing into the shared psyche of the two sisters, where the mysterious girl obsessed with knitting is clearly both mother & unborn sister. It's no accident that the endless yarn is red, the color of blood, birth, sexuality. Like all genuine fairy tales, the film deals with intense adult themes on a child's level.
As I said, everything isn't wrapped up neatly by the end. A brief scene early in the film suggests that the two sisters may well be ghosts.Read more ›
I'd give it five stars for entertainment but I took one away for sheer oddity.
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