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The Bigger Picture (2014)

Two brothers whose ageing mother is dying, struggle to care for her.

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Anne Cunningham ...
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Christopher Nightingale ...
Nick (voice)
Alisdair Simpson ...
Richard (voice)
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'You want to put her in a home; you tell her; tell her now!' hisses one brother to the other. But Mother won't go, and their own lives quickly unravel as she clings to life. Director Daisy Jacobs uses two-metre-high painted characters in full-size sets to tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly relative. The Bigger Picture is quite simply the most innovative animated short you will see this year. Written by Anonymous

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Say You Love Me
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Performed by The Moods, Courtesy of Sony EMI
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Good, but the art style isn't the best of its type.
8 February 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Bigger Picture" is a very depressing short from Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees . However, it's not depressing just for the sake of depression but has something to say about life, death and responsibilities towards elderly parents. In particular, one son is seen as successful though he seems to pay his dying mother much attention. The under-employed brother is seen as a bit of a failure, though he selflessly cares for her for many years. Interestingly, the animation is done with paint--a very labor-intensive process. It's good, though this sort of work doesn't come close to the greatest of the animators using paint, Aleksandr Petrov. Sadly, since Petrov's last nominated film, My Love, he's been unable to secure funding for more work. Had you not known of Petrov's work, "The Bigger Picture" would seem better. I did appreciate the film--especially the story.


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