Father and Daughter
June 25, 2014 11:45 PM   Subscribe

A 9-minute Dutch animation about a daughter who remembers her father. The Academy Award winner in 2000 for animated short films, and multiple other awards. A more detailed review here and an in-depth interview with Michael Dudok de Wit, but these are best read after watching the film first. No dialogue, sepia-tinged and with an accordion-dominated soundtrack. Possibly NSFW if your workplace minds you suddenly bursting into noisy sobs. Dudok de Wit is now working on The Red Turtle, a dialogue-less feature and the first Western project with Studio Ghibli as co-producer.
posted by viggorlijah (13 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
This is a beautiful film, but so sad. The landscape and the bicycles make it look very Dutch, while the feeling between daughter and father is universal. Thanks for posting this!

It reminds me how much I miss my father.
posted by Azara at 3:27 AM on June 26, 2014 [2 favorites]

It brought me back to the first time I watched the beginning of UP, which brought tears into my eyes at the time; both my parents were living back then.
My dad's gone now, and I can watch this much calmer. This is very much like stuff is, simply. Sad, and beautiful somehow.
posted by Namlit at 3:36 AM on June 26, 2014 [1 favorite]

(Previously) but so beautiful it's definitely worth a repost.
posted by humph at 4:28 AM on June 26, 2014

Ack how did I miss that? I searched for his name and got no hits before posting.

I was fine until the very last scene when I started sobbing. My poor toddler thought at first that I was crying because her dad was dead, not mine! At least my husband got extra cuddles from her when he got home today.
posted by viggorlijah at 4:46 AM on June 26, 2014

I pretty much cried so hard at that the first time I saw it. At work. Crying, Like a boss. Then I showed my co workers and they started crying like bosses too.
That animation is my litmus test I if we can be friends or not. Cry like a boss at the end, we good. Make some snide comment, you are dead to me.
posted by Annika Cicada at 5:01 AM on June 26, 2014

His earlier film "Le Moine et le Poisson" (The Monk and the Fish) is also a gem. (Sorry for the poor quality, but I think it's worth watching anyway)
posted by matcha action at 5:32 AM on June 26, 2014

Got something in my eye...
posted by Dhertiiboi at 5:55 AM on June 26, 2014

Annika, I think we would be very good friends.

This was lovely, and managed to both pull me out and draw me deeper into that space I've been in this whole past year since he's been gone.
posted by mochapickle at 7:56 AM on June 26, 2014

I had never seen this short! This was lovely, thank you for posting it.
posted by magstheaxe at 8:33 AM on June 26, 2014

I've seen this before but thanks for sharing it's a beautiful film.
posted by fallingleaves at 11:01 AM on June 26, 2014

Always a classic.
posted by tessmartin at 11:53 AM on June 26, 2014

I first encountered this animation as set to Kate Bush's song "Among Angels" and yes there were certainly tears.
posted by erlking at 12:20 PM on June 26, 2014

Ugghh, I knew this one would come back someday to ruin my life. It came out the year my parents divorced when I was in middle school and my mom took me to see Spike and Mike's animated short festival and I embarrassed the pre-pubescent crap out of myself by breaking down so hard in the theater I took my poor mum with me and we had to blow our noses loudly all through the next short.
posted by Mooseli at 12:45 PM on June 26, 2014

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