Switch: If You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!

Switch: If You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!

Switch is a 4-minute short animated film by the young French filmmakers Jean-Julien Pous and Pierre Prinzbach, who describe the film as “a metaphysical thought on the pressure of time on our society.”  Switch recently won the Jury Grand Prize, Folie-Ô-Skop, in Québec. The film takes place in a surreal world where people are born with clocks on their backs, and life nothing more than a constant rat-race.  Humanity, as portrayed through the eyes of a business-calibrated mannequin, is in a struggle within itself about the ever-increasing demands of time in the face of important choices that need to be made.  The mannequin attempts to cope with this struggle by doubling itself, which then leads to an infinite re-doubling of itself.  Its attempted solution only leads the mannequin to experience a sense of anonymity among the rapidly accumulating multitudes of its identical selves.  Further, the unsuccessful solution leads the mannequin’s frustrating journey to end in a state of solitude, confronted by a timeless, boundless oceanic world.

Switch: If You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!

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