TIFF 2017: Threads

My first review for TIFF 2017 – the beautiful animated short film “Threads” . . .

Cinema Axis

threads_03Threads is why animation exists. It’s a simplified little tale with even simpler animation, but every single aspect of the art style informs the story that Oscar-winning animator Torill Kove wants to tell. That story is one about love, relationships, and the interconnection required of the human experience.

Though Threads is full of characters that are only a step above stick-figures, the style and color palette are simplistic in nature, and the film is completely free of dialogue, the story it tells is comprehensive. It’s a strange paradox; I could easily describe the entire “plot” of Threads in this review, yet I may never be able to explain everything in the film.

So, maybe just the facts. It is hand-drawn animation, mostly dominated by whitespace so that you focus on the central characters. The film opens with threads dangling from the sky as people reach upwards trying to grasp them…

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