Disillusioned with his life in the suburbs of segregated Beirut, Omar’s discovery lures him into the depth of the city. Immersed into a world that is so close yet so isolated from his reality, he eventually loses track and finds himself struggling to keep his attachments, his sense of home.
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Poetic depiction of the paleness of a war-torn city, Beirut, and the psyche of an average young man who lives there. Reminds me of the anxious atmosphere in Limbo Beirut, a collection of incidences that intersect in one novel, in the same brutal city.
An intriguing story that exists in the mysterious place where reality clashes with imagination, both places being equally delusional in one way or the other. The mixture of photography and animation feels so natural here. However (and so unfortunately) it ends where I felt like a true surreal journey begins - I wish this short story was just a prologue to something bigger...
It's intresting how Miyazaki-like films all over the world are generally way better than, say, Tarantino-like ones, or Coen-like, or Lynch-like (God, those really sucks!), or even Pixar-like... This is not ecstatic, okay, but it's well made and plainly good.
You ever feel depressed, disillusioned, apathetic and/or just plain bored by the constantly grinding loop of modern day to day life? No worries mate, just grab a few mates, get high as hell and ride scooters around and watch the sunset inside of a giant flying crystal elephant. Sounds like a pretty darn great time if you ask me. On a more serious note though, really enjoyed the art-style of this short film.
A wonderful short film, fantastical & surreal in a way that reminds me of Moebius comics. Poetic and sad, yet deeply anchored in real life, yet it has a kind of optism despite the bleakness. "Waves 98" mixes animation and photography so seamlessly that I wonder why it isn't done more often.
What I liked: animation and ideas. What I didn't: absense of a coherent story. Quite a haunting short, translating the loneliness of a young man, disillusionment with both reality and imaginary world. Real world is pictured quite real, but the man is drawn to imagined things, brighter and possibly better, which culminates in a simple 3D elephant. But being shielded from the real world inside it does not help.