Blood Tea and Red String (2006) Christiane Cegavske

Blood Tea and Red String (2006)

Genre: Animation | Fantasy
Director: Christiane Cegavske
Country: USA
Language: none
Subtitles: no need
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Length: 70mn
File: Dvdrip Xvid Avi - 528x384 - 23fps - 696mb

Stop-motion fairy tale for adults. This dialogue free film tells the tale of the struggle between the aristocratic White Mice and the rustic Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak over the doll of their heart's desire. The Mice commission the Oak Dwellers to create a beautiful doll for them. When she is complete, the Creatures fall in love with her and refuse to give her up. Resorting to thievery the Mice abscond with her in the middle of the night. Meet fantastical creatures and view dazzling scenery as the Creatures Who Dwell Under the Oak journey through this mystical land to reclaim their love. See the mice descend into debauchery as they become drunk on blood tea! See what happens when the Oak Dwellers eat the yellow fruit!

"Blood Tea and Red String" was apparently thirteen years in the making and it was certainly worth it. It manages to convincingly create its own world without too much explanation. The lack of explanation or often reason to the images just adds a dreamlike layer. This is definitely a film working on its own inner logic and its successful for the most part. Some have compared this to the work of Jan Svankmajer. While I feel thats an apt reference and noticed some influence when watching this film, I feel "Blood Tea and Red String" is actually better than most of Svankmajer's work. It just feels more consistent than Svankmajer's feature films and has more of a flow to it. Christiane Cegavske certainly shows great skill as an animator, one who pays much attention to detail. I really wish I had seen this as a child, as I feel it would've profoundly impacted me back than (as opposed to just impressing me greatly now). One things for sure, it makes me wish I was doing something better with my spare time.


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