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The Bigger Picture (2014)

'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 ... See full summary »

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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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Animation subverted and storytelling distinguished
25 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Bigger Picture concerns a pair of forty-year-old men, who are coming to terms with their mother's illness, as she's about to be committed to a nursing home. The one brother struggles to care for his mother with little to no help from his other sibling, which leads to an expected discrepancy. Having just see this kind of siblings discrepancy play out amongst my family with the death of my grandmother in December, this short immediately hits close to home territory, and the fact it uses animation that looks as if it's pulled from those gigantic, decorative paintings that hang on the walls of homes in libraries and the homes of senior citizens' for added decor is wonderful and truly unique. The subversive animation style is unlike anything I've seen before, and the way that directors Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees find ways to manipulate their own style, one way specifically using live-action water during shower sequences, make for a short film that takes its eight minutes and wises utilizes every last bit. The fact that the short concerns the inevitable idea of watching your parents age is only all the more soul-crushing put to such unique and often grim animation.

Directed by: Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees.


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