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CGAA One-A-Day: Blanche Fraise

Frédérick Tremblay's stop-motion animated short Blanche Fraise pretty much stopped me in my tracks.  It's as if Jan Svankmajer and David Lynch have joined forces to create this stark and disturbing tale.  Blanche Fraise is properly chilling in places - the special strangeness of stop-motion used to unsettling effect - and it's tone of desperation is unremitting.  Meanwhile, the conspicuous textures of the puppets and environment further enrich the animation's oppressive atmosphere.  This is impressive, uncompromising, and a difficult watch - but do watch it.  This is about as far away from 'animation-as-kid's-stuff' as you could hope to get.