(Canada, 9 min.)
Dir. Patrick Bouchard
|Photo taken from the production. Courtesy of the NFB|
Both beautiful and horrifying, Bydlo is a film more malleable than the clay that was used to make it. The earthy tones of the modelling clay enhance this strange story: both the visuals and themes are cyclical as everything in the film is made from the earth, and eventually decomposes back into it. (The animation of the figures drying into dust is especially striking.) Bouchard’s figures have a unique texture and tactility, too, as the fingerprints on the figurines bear the marks of labour as much as the ox and the humans do. It's an earthly symphony of animation.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of ★★★★★)
Bydlo plays in Short Cuts Canada Programme 1, and screens Friday, Sept. 7 at TIFF Bell Lightbox 3 at 7:15 pm and Saturday, Sept. 8 at TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 at 1:15 pm.
Also reviewed from the Short Cuts Canada Programme are Frost, Dear Scavengers, Asian Gangs, and Let the Daylight into the Swamp.
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The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6-16.