The brutally honest story of Robert’s turbulent relationship with a self-destructive, yet charismatic friend from childhood, who cries out for help from a military hospital in China and sets Rob on a wild ride to get him home to Vancouver.
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Pear Cider and Cigarettes - through the use of intimate narration and vibrant, straight-edge animation that echoes Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly and Waking Life - makes a toast to the problematic people who changed our lives for better or for worse.
It feels like some 35 minutes trailer/pitch for a promising project that needs to be further developed. Both the story and the storytelling are interesting if a little shallow while the art design was rather uninteresting.
Doesn't seem brutally honest to me, just brutally shallow. And callow. A millenial male point of view. Ugh. The women characters were ridiculously flat unless you count their giant bouncy tits and the downblouse moments. None of this reflects on the characters at all, just the makers. Sad stuff from a world free of literature and art, distorted by video games and comic books. Visually uninspired and uninteresting.