Skhizein: The Sad Story of a Man Living 91-Centimeters from Himself

Skhizein: The Sad Story of a Man Living 91-Centimeters from Himself

Skhizein is a humorously strange animated short film by the French filmmaker Jérémy Clapin.  The film has earned several awards, including The Cannes’ Kodak Prize for Best Animated Short and Animafest’s Best Film; it was a 2008 Oscar nominated animated short film.

What would happen if a 150-ton meteorite fell on you? Skhizein tells the very sorrowful story about sad Henry, who did experience the terrible misfortune of being struck by a 150-ton meteorite, which resulted in the poor fellow being split away from himself, forever having to live precisely ninety-one centimeters from himself.  If Harry wants to move or do anything like answer the phone or sit in a chair, he has to measure his distance 91-centimeters (3 feet) away, because he always exists 91-centimeters from where he used to exist.

And if insanity is measured in centimeters….

Skhizein: The Sad Story of a Man Living 91-Centimeters from Himself

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Photo of the Day: The Big Shiny Yellow Checker

Photo of the Day: The Big Shiny Yellow Checker

Photography by:  Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

Late last night I heard the screen door slam,
And a big yellow taxi took away my old man,
Dont it always seem to go,
That you dont know what you’ve got,
‘Til its gone?
They paved paradise,
And put up a parking lot.

-Joni Mitchell, 1970

Joni Mitchell: Big Yellow Taxi (1970)

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