The Lady and The Reaper: Patiently Awaiting Death

The Lady and The Reaper: Patiently Awaiting Death

The Lady and The Reaper is an acclaimed animated short film by the Spanish director Javier Recio Gracia, which was just named a 2010 Oscar Nominee for Best Animated Short Film.  The film tells the tale of a sweet old widow who is living alone on her farm, waiting for the arrival of death so she can be with her beloved husband once again.  One night, while asleep, the lady’s life fades out and she’s invited by the grim reaper to cross death’s door.  But just when she is about to do so, the old lady wakes up inside a hospital ward and discovers that, unfortunately, she’s been saved from death’s door by an arrogant doctor. The doctor then wages what he thinks is a heroic battle against the grim reaper, attempting to recover the old lady’s life at any cost.

The Lady and The Reaper: Patiently Awaiting Death

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Madame Tutli-Putli: A Lonely, Terrifying Journey With Ghosts of The Past

Madame Tutli-Putli: A Lonely, Terrifying Journey With Ghosts of The Past

Madame Tutli-Putli is a 2007 Academy Award nominated, stop-motion animated short film by Montreal filmmakers Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski.  The film takes viewers on a breath-taking journey into the world of Madame Tutli-Putli.  Her journey proves to be a difficult, terrifying one: a combination of Hitchcock for the unexplained dangers and Alien for the other-worldly interruptions that go well beyond just about anything one has previously experienced in a puppet, stop-frame movie.

As she travels alone on the night train, weighed down with her all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past, she faces both the kindness and menace of strangers.  Finding herself caught up in a desperate adventure, adrift between real and imagined worlds, she is forced to confront her demons.

Madame Tutli-Putli: A Lonely, Terrifying Journey With Ghosts of The Past

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