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The Oscars 2024: Animated Short Film Nominees. Awesome, hardcore and beautiful

The Animated Short Film nominees for the Oscars 2024 have been tough. Regardless of the amount of research, it has been impossible to find the short films Letter to a pig (Tal Kantor, 2022), Our Uniform (Yegane Moghaddam, 2023) and War is over! Inspired by the music of John & Yoko (Dave Mullins, 2023) online. Hopefully, this situation will change soon. Until then, it wouldn’t be fair to leave this two amazing short films without their review.

Without further ado, here are the reviews of Ninety-five Senses (Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess, 2022) and Pachyderme (Stéphanie Clément, 2022).

Ninety-five Senses

  • Year of production: 2022
  • Director: Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess.
  • Producer: Tori Baker and Miles David Romney.

Synopsis

A man on death row talks about his life by means of the five senses that helped him appreciate it.

Coy (Tim Blake Nelson). Source: Ninety-five Senses
(Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess, 2022).

Review

To be able to create such a powerful and endearing story in such little time will always be a wonder to me. This film is fun, heartbreaking and thought-provoking.

The animation is absolutely beautiful. The shapes and colours merge with each other, not only representing what is being said, but also the feeling of it, the sentiment behind every word. Ninety-five Senses is powerful in its simplicity. It doesn’t expect you to be sad or cry, just to feel, respect and cherish your life and all the wonders that your senses bring to you every second of every day. All in all, it is a very intense story told by very talented artists.

Coy after setting fire to his workplace. Source: Ninety-five Senses
(Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess, 2022).

Pachyderme

  • Year of production: 2022
  • Director: Stéphanie Clément.
  • Producer: Marc Rius.

Synopsis

A girl talks about the last summer she spent at her grandparents’ house.

Protagonist hiding in the wallpaper. Source: Pachyderme (Stéphanie Clément, 2022).

Review

A hair-raising story of sexual abuse in a place that is supposed to be safe for a child. The way the narrative leaves no question of what is going on without mentioning anything literal brings it closer to the memories and testimonies of victims of abuse, especially when it happens within members of the same family.

The childlike imagination used to hide the atrocity of reality chills you to the bone, almost as much as the sound effects. The animation reminds of Lacombe’s books for children which, much like the film, also uses images to hint at the horrors behind the narrative.

Protagonist floating in the river. Source: Pachyderme (Stéphanie Clément, 2022).

Advice to take from these short films:

  • If you respect your work as an artist, don’t contribute to gatekeeping.
  • Trauma at a young age can lead to horrible consequences.

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