Thursday, January 21, 2016

A colorful, creative Brazilian import

Brazil's Boy and The World is one of five films nominated for an Oscar as best animated feature.

No one will accuse the Brazilian animated film Boy and the World of lacking color. Director Ale Abreu brings a simple, stick-figure style to drawings that can become so dizzyingly complex they elicit "wow" responses. Aubreu's story focuses on a rural boy who sets out to find his father, a man driven from farm life by the need to find work in the city. During his travels, the boy witnesses the dislocating ills that accompany population shifts. The movie makes sober points, but in ways that can be both poignant and fanciful. Abreu and his team give us views of cities and factories that are at once ominous and alluring. Inside Out remains the front runner for this year's Oscar, but it stands in stark contrast to Boy and The World. Pixar's Inside Out imaginatively looks inward, as it deals with the way personalities develop. Boy and the World looks outward, illustrating the ways in which a boy discovers a world that's not entirely hospitable, but nonetheless amazing. Don't worry about subtitles. When the characters speak, they mumble incomprehensibly. Perhaps that's because there's no need for words in this visual treat of a movie.

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