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An old man resides in a city mostly submerged by water, living in a home he had to build on top of his old one. His daily routine now consists of smoking his pipe, drinking wine, watching television and eating the fish he catches. Living alone in the silent desolation of the elderly he is surrounded by photographs but no people. One day he drops his pipe into the water and it disappears into his old, submerged home. To retrieve it he rents a scuba suit, but once he descends into the place he used to live he is overwhelmed by the memories of the life he used to have - the family he used to know.
Through persistence, a woman finally wins over the man that she loves. But despite the joy of their life together, the troubles he experiences at work creates a distance between them that does not abate - even as they grow and raise a family together. As the woman weakens with age, all that the man did and did not do comes back to haunt him. Yet what can he do for her that will be meaningful even in the face of the ravages of time?
An old man who is the headmaster of a primary school bordering the ocean paints a picture of a whale, an animal he had seen so often off the coast when he was a boy and now sees all too seldom. He reminisces about his youth, when he simply considered whales a source of food, though he vividly remembers a time when a whale was speared by a whaling ship. He knew of no other way to treat whales then. But that day he sees the first whale he has done in a long time - and it is beached against the rocks. He races out of the school to come to the whale's aid...
Both of these shorts show old men melancholically remembering their youth - and each are surprisingly sympathetic and touching in their depiction of these men, La Maison en Petits Cubes especially so.
Both La Maison en Petit Cubes and Man and Whale deal heavily with nostalgia. In both cases the protagonist is an old man looking back over events in his life. While this is dealt with in more detail in la Maiso en Petits Cubes, if you enjoyed one of these, then definitely watch the other, especially when both are also beautifully animated.
In another world, there exist many countries, each with different cultures, customs, and traditions. From technological marvels to folk legends, each location yields a vast wealth of insight of its people: their hopes and their dreams, their failures and fears. Kino is a traveler whose goal is to visit as many new places as possible, learning about others' ways of life, but also making sure to stay clear of their affairs. Together with the talking motorrad Hermes, Kino sets out to explore the beautiful world and meet its inhabitants, wherever they may be.
plot wise these two bouth have to deal with pepole reliving there pasts. bouth have a story book feel to them and a simmiler animation style that brings our peour emoation. boath have verry simple plotlines and bouth are like nouthing you have ever seen before.
In the far future, soldiers sift through the rubble of a post-apocalyptic landscape and come across a broken-down robot who shows the men its memories, watching a young girl grow up from a small child to a newlywed, just before disaster struck.
Two sad shorts about one man's - or robot's - nostalgia of watching a loved one grow old and die, in a post-apocalyptic type setting. La Maison is the far superior of the two animation-wise, but both will tug at the heartstrings to varying degrees.
A wandering samurai, in his travels through the forest, runs across a straw man with a majestic sword stuck into it. He takes the sword and feels within him a surge of great power – a power that soon begins to distort his mind and soul. The samurai continues to wander, striking down straw men in his wake; but what is really going on, and what will happen to the samurai?
These are 2 of the better short films ever made. Beautiful and artistic animation round out compelling and poignant stories. These are must watch and if you liked one, I'm sure you'll like the other.