Over Time: The Sad Mystery of Death

Over Time: The Sad Mystery of Death

Over Time is an amazing short movie created by the young French filmmakers Oury Atlan, Thibaut Berland and Damien Ferrié.  The film is an obvious homage to Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets, and presents a heart-rending tale of a sad mystery of death.  Common lore holds that the first stage of grief is always denial, but that’s the only possibility if you’re not even able to conceive of death (such as the case of a young child).  It’s as if you were a puppet, and your own creator died.  You could just valiantly try to bring him back to life, the same way he once did with you.

And so it is in Over Time, where the small fabric puppets find their creator lying on his bench, dead.  Our sad little creatures don’t understand that he died, for they had never been confronted with such a concept.  They devote all of their subsequent efforts to incorporate Henson’s body into their own daily routine, as they slowly come to terms with his death.

Over Time: The Sad Mystery of Death

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