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Peur(s) du noir / Fear(s) of the Dark (2007)

Ananta F. Benvenuto Tuesday, May 11, 2010 , , , , ,

Release date : 13 February 2008 (Belgium)
Runtime : 1 hr 25 mins
Genre : Animation | Drama | Horror | Mystery
Movie quality : DVDRip XviD AC3-ViSiON
Director : Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard N. McGuire
Movie Star : Aure Atika, Fran├žois Creton, Guillaume Depardieu, Nicole Garcia
Production : Prima Linea Productions
Language : French
Subtitle : English


Synopsis :
As a storyteller, H.P. Lovecraft might have felt a tad shortchanged by this film's relative lack of tentacled beasts. As a literary critic, he would've delighted in the superficially stark, effectively visceral topography of FEAR(S) OF THE DARK, an animated French-language film that extends into modern media the exact anatomical lines of latent anxiety that were drawn by the supernatural-minded painters of the 19th century and burbled in the physiology known by Edgar Allan Poe. In a feat all the more remarkable by virtue of the fact that the movie is a collaborative showcase of six different drawing and animation styles, provocative in their very mutations, FEAR(S) manages to escape the seemingly inherent horror-anthology fate of adding up to an uneven tone. Rather than a campfire patchwork, it's an omnibus of inexplicable internal unease, a mounting abstract dread that resides in a collective temporal memory-mist and culminates in an extended passage of Kafkaesque isolation. Think of it as the history of fear. Since FEAR(S)'s six contributing visual artists come from backgrounds in illustration and graphic design and were largely new to animation when they joined the project, the film lends itself to a sort of cross-media artistic appropriation, namely the retaining of the techniques of still visuals so that those techniques might take on new artistic functions and philosophies when put into motion. In one 3-D tale of insects and the strangeness of sexual encounters, comic-book crosshatchings (meant to convey, when drawn on the page, a single instance of light refraction) oftentimes remain fixed to single spots on characters' faces even as the figures move with subtle elasticity through cartoonist George Burns's bright, alienating world of thick outlines and unnaturally limited space, effectively echoing a theme of grim stagnancy. (rottentomatoes.com)

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