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Film of the Week

April 25, 2015

• Nicole Malek

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Why I loved it:
“MUTE” is a short animated film set in a world populated by people born without a mouth. When a freak accident leads to the discovery that people can create their own mouths  (by cutting a bloody gash into the place their mouths would normally be ), the world rejoices, it’s inhabitants celebrating their newfound ability to vocalize. This film is such a unique blend of things that I love; it’s a dark, almost grotesque sci-fi concept set to a a bouncy soundtrack (from Happy Camper) with a children’s aesthetic. And, best of all, it’s just fun to watch. 
 
Why you should watch it:
The film is called "MUTE" presumably because all of its characters are mute when the it begins. But that name is also a description of the film itself— not one word is spoken for the duration of this delightful short, even after its characters regain their ability to speak. And, because it is so well done and the story is communicated so well in the absence of language, I didn’t even notice.The physicality that characterizes children’s storytelling is drawn upon in “Mute” to explore some dark subject matter and celebrate the full spectrum of things that the human voice can do. 
 
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Who made it: 
Job, Joris & Marieke, a studio for animation, illustration, character design and music based in the Netherlands. Another short of theirs, "A Single Life" was nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

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