Imagine a shop that for generations has sold all the accoutrements for the perfect suicide. This family business prospers in all its bleak misery, until the day it encounters joie de vivre in the shape of younger son, Alan…
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A gorgeous movie that sometimes is darker than expected (a good thing) and others is too light-hearted (not such a good thing). I didn't really like the way it jumped to easy conclusions, but it had a few moments that surprised me and were of beautiful symbolism and meaning. Enjoyable.
I'd prefer to give it 3.5 stars. Gorgeous animation and perfect colours, lovely songs and a curious idea presented in a very Burtonesque style. In my opinion, the film is greatly underrated. The one only flaw is the ending, which seems weak and not as well-developed. Everything becomes a little unclear and the expected climax is ruined completely. Still a really fun, beautiful animated movie - a pleasure to watch.
Chiari i riferimenti visivi al maestro Chomet. Ben usato l'animazione ma i momenti musicali doppiati in italiani fanno sorridere (quando smetteremo di dover pagare questo orribile balzello) e la previdibilità è tale che dopo 25' al massimo è chiaro dove si andrà a parare. A salvare il film sono la leggerezza nel trattare il tema, la danza col velo e alcune sequenze d'una cupezza magnifica. Vedibile
“Alan! How many more times do I have to tell you? We do not say “see you soon” to customers when they leave our shop. We say “goodbye”, because they won’t be coming back, ever. When will you get that into your thick head?”