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4.0
21 Ratings

Consuming Spirits

Directed by Chris Sullivan
United States, 2012
Animation

Synopsis

Nearly 15 years in the making, Chris Sullivan’s Consuming Spirits is a meticulously constructed tour de force of experimental animation.

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Consuming Spirits Directed by Chris Sullivan
Like Gus Van Sant’s forthcoming Promised Land or the recent documentary Detropia, the subjects’ lives are the direct product of their surroundings, a connection never explicitly ratified.
December 14, 2012
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Understanding better the connections between the characters amplifies the poignance of some touching scenes we’ve already seen—and opens the door to an unexpectedly hopeful ending. But what draws us in first and lingers the longest is the tone that Sullivan creates with his grotesquely beautiful people, imperiled animals, doomed or destructive relationships, and soulful acoustic music.
December 12, 2012
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Alternating with the Lilliputian appeal of Quay Brothers–type dioramas of miniature houses and toy vehicles, perhaps purposefully jejune drawings of a shared past reveal painful memories. Sans the heart-hollowed-out aura of CGI, mood-evoking images do linger, such as aging, down-hanging female breasts; it took only two drawn lines. But Consuming Spirits is overlong. A dystopian T.S. Eliot once said, “Humankind cannot bear too much reality,” maybe even in a cartoon.
December 12, 2012
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