I'd normally hesitate to be hard on an emerging director but Vial has since made her breakthrough so it's fair game, I think. This is dull and cutesy in equal measure. Lots of low-hanging fruit being plucked but it's clearly a vehicle for career advancement. Boxes ticked, mission accomplished. It's still a 20-minute short that's 15 minutes too long.
2.5, most for production design. What does a film make me feel & think? I thought the production design was impressive; I felt close to nothing. Mubi compares the premise to part Charlie Kaufman; that applies to the fantastical setting, but not to Kaufman's genuine, individual perception. His voice is unique, like Wes Anderson's. To not innovate with cliché, as here, leaves only admiration of the working surface.
Quite wonderful short that tackles both consumerism and ageism in the workplace in a slightly surreal darkly comic way. Performances are game and the short features spectacular set design and lush cinematography. Hopefully we hear more from young director Alice Vial.
Sweet and well-made little parable (with impressive bilingual title puns). A visual brand of whimsical satire whose cinematography/mise-en-scène sits somewhere between Wes Anderson and maybe John Waters. No deeper than anything you'd give a high-school class as essay fodder, but thoughtful and funny enough. And charming. Puts Alice Vial distinctly on my radar. 3.5