2015 OSCAR Nominated Short Films Animation

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  • L. A. Taylor 1 year ago
    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Charming movie, August 31, 2015
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    L. A. Taylor (Boston, MA USA) –
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    This movie isn’t perfect, but it gets a lot of things right. Yes, the librarian character played by Marcia Gay Harden is stereotypical and played a bit heavy-handed. But the universal nature of the story, the beautiful setting, and the likability of the characters overcome this flaw. The quote at the end brought tears to my eyes. If you want to take a break from Hollywood’s standard fare of dark, violent, or stupid movies, then give this a try. It is is entertaining and thoughtful.
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  • Sheryl Fechter 1 year ago
    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    “I Want To Be Acutely Aware Of All I’ve Taken For Granted” – Jane, December 5, 2015
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    Sheryl Fechter (Northern, United States) –

    This review is from: After Words (DVD)
    While viewing this film, I enjoyed the story of Jane (Marcia Gay Harden) as she is sent from the library where she was very comfortable in her work environment even being severely repressed and alone working in Los Angeles. She desires a vacant glimpse of what it is like to live for only a scant while in colorful surroundings to spark her interest. Jane wishes to find the flavor of a life with her eyes beyond the words she has always filled them with. When her job goes, so does she, off to Costa Rica with a horrible numbing depression to battle but a will to at least try to see this beauty if only for a bit of time.

    When she arrives, she meets a young male tour guide who at first impression may seem the type that would do anything for money although this man has a more noble reason to try and make as much money as he can. Juan (Oscar Jaenada) is raising his daughter, Anna (Jenna Ortega), but mainly keeps her out of the picture for the most part as he is the guide hired by any tourists that come while he enjoys spreading enthusiasm, friendly conversation and has a genuine delight in this lovely place. This, he is excellent at and at taking a particularly committed along with a protective care of Jane who is anxious, quite nervous and obviously standoffish. His special interest in her grows because of her expansive mind of words, books and what intrigues him personally. Juan finds these traits fascinating making for a generous blend of the two very different personalities. A first extremely apprehensive Jane will have to slowly go along with Juan to see all of the loveliness she has only read about and now is wanting to view before all is ‘said and done’.

    Two of the reasons that this story pulled so much at me emotionally is because of the age of Jane and the predicament of Jane. She dismally accounts for her loneliness by saying, “It’s as if I received a shot that forever numbed me, only I gave myself that shot”. I immediately could understand and empathize with this sad woman who had given her whole life entirely to her work and neglected herself and primarily her own pleasure. Living alone (except for her cat), never going out, she lives the stereotypical life while holding herself back while remaining overly frightened of her own life stretched out in front of her.

    It is in this way I could very much sympathize with Jane and understand her abundantly slow awakening to the lush beauty of Costa Rica. From the smog-ridden city where the stars at night are not even closely in view and the musty boredom of the library during her day in California, Jane finds the new country so vividly colorful all over and in every secluded corner, it is almost too much to take in at times. This slower paced and brightly atmospheric film was written and directed by Juan Feldman focusing greatly on the birth and awakening of a depressed and secluded woman’s spirit. This also takes into view the middle age of a woman at the right place and at the right time along with the gentle coaxing and true friendship she is afforded.

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