Blood Tea and Red String
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- Commentary by filmmaker Christiane Cegavske and critic Luke Y. Thompson
- Character and production stills
- Miniature paintings
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All of which says nothing about the characters and plot of the movie, which I still can't quite put words to. It carried the sense of a fully-elaborated dream world, but of someone else's dreams. The different beings seemed to act out rituals of deep importance, all of which eluded me. Rich, detailed imagery abounds, almost like the imagery of a Tarot deck - but with all of the arcane meanings unspoken. The viewer rides along in this wordless world, sensing the characters' urgency but never making out the reason for it.
Cegavske's puppets and props bring that baffling world to life. Even though this medium has been used for years in children's entertainment, make no mistake: this is for grownups. Skittish children might not tolerate the deaths of characters, or scenes like the "blood tea." A few moments drag; the script's pacing seemed uneven, and the puppet's motions never flowed smoothly. I can't let the little things get in my way, though. This stands as an incredible work of creativity, and a glimpse into another mind's imaginings.
Silent (great background music tracks) claymation stop motion style film.
Viewer gets to interpret her visions, wonderful characters.
The animation is quite good, and the usage of colors and images is excellent. It's quite amazing how much you can feel for the characters in this film. The DVD comes with some extras where you get to see the artist's paintings as she discusses them with another person. I recommend this to anyone who likes the "out of the norm" artistic films.
There is no dialogue. And thankfully so. The music, the settings, the landscape, the creatures and the cinematography all create a world that stimulate your senses and imagination.
When you read a book, you are creating the world in your mind... when i watched this, i was creating the dialogue in my mind. Being able to do so speaks volumes to how expressive the creatures are through the details in their subtle movement. The music was also simple and mystical - simple enough to allow your mind to make your own emotions to fit the scene.
Best description I can think of : An impressionist experience that took me on a relaxing vacation away from the world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful film, even if imperfect, and certainly not for every taste. Some have criticized the lack of fluidity in the stop motion animation but for me that roughness,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Yoguini
I was at this weird little, artsy bar in Seattle a few weeks ago, around Halloween, and they were playing this movie on the wall, kind of like background visuals. Read morePublished 20 months ago by S. B. Krakoff
This is the most unique stop-animation movie I've ever seen. It took the creator nearly 13 years to complete and the story she tells is fascinating. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Merilee Mulvey
At 1st glance this "film" is quite boring and tedious to watch. But reflecting back on it some of it was PURE GENIUS. Read morePublished on October 8, 2010 by Timothy Branik
This is an effective film in stop motion. The silent film has weird music and strange color. Hard to explain it, just have to see it. I felt like I was on mushrooms or something. Read morePublished on January 26, 2010 by Roland
I tremendously enjoyed this movie. This is animation at its best, with patient craftmanship used in the service of a genuine artistic vision. Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by Un francais en angleterre
I didn't really know what to expect going in to this film. I had come across it many moons ago while looking for another DVD title, then spent the next year with it on my Wishlist. Read morePublished on October 18, 2009 by Jason Payne
a lovely piece of cinema/animation. the characters, depsite having no dialog, communicate their actions in a very realistic fashion, even if the story is somewhat unrealistic. Read morePublished on June 28, 2008 by djim reynolds