Such candid observation and comprehensive inquiry into the bittersweet truths of existence never so potently realized as in this most sophisticated of simple elegies. An animated spiritual equal to the likes of Tarkovsky's Mirror, Malick's Tree of Life, and Sokurov's Elegy of a Voyage.
96/100 - Masterful.
Profoundly moving. The use of mixed media coupled with the painfully true insights of creator Don Hertzfeldt transcends all categorization. I reflected on the line "The years are slipping out of his head" for a long time.
This is an incredible film, original and inventive in its approach to a serious subject. The use of animations, sounds, words and (mostly pre-existing) music as means to build up an audiovisual polyphony results in very dense moments and superimpositions, sometimes leading to - well calculated - irritating ruptures and leaps of the narration.
With a pencil and spare narrative, Hertzfeldt has conjured a morbid, brutally funny, transcendent, and heart-rending parable that even Pixar's billions can't touch. 62 minutes of exquisite pain and eternal beauty.