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Ryan (2004)

  Directed by: Chris Landreth
Starring: Chris Landreth, Ryan Larkin
Links: Ryan on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Ryan (2004) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Alter Egos (2004).

"A delight on many levels" - a review by pearly

Ryan is a fascinating portrait of Ryan Larkin, an influential Canadian animator who was nominated for an Oscar for this short film Walking (1969), and who now lives on welfare and begs for spare change.

The film is simultaneously documentary and animation, and reminded me very much of the work of Richard Linklater, particularly Waking Life. But while Linklater's films have a philosophical edge but are predominantly fictitious, director Chris Landreth takes Ryan to the next level by having a very real person as his subject.

The premise is a simple interview that Landreth has done with Larkin, which is then added to and layered through the animation. The physical beings of those in the film are manipulated so that their inner demons, their fears and so on, are displayed in a visible way, on their faces and bodies. It's a fascinating idea, and extremely well-executed.

Ryan is the kind of film that leaves you thinking about it for some time after it has finished. It's an adult's animation, and a rather "arthouse" (for want of a better word) one at that. If you like Linklater's stuff, this one is definitely worth seeking out.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 28 Feb 2005

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Reader comments

  1. I'm not sure if you guys read these comments, but i'm wondering where you got a hold of this short film. I'd like to see it (bris, australia) :P

    A comment from kim on Wed 02 Mar 2005 11:54 #

  2. Hi Kim,

    The film was, up until its Oscar win, available on the official site at http://nfb.ca/ - which is how I managed to see it. You can now buy it from there, although I found the user interface to be quite difficult to wade through (it asks you for your region, and when I said I was Australian, it only offered a PDF catalogue).

    Best of luck!

    A comment from nofreelist's own pearly on Wed 02 Mar 2005 15:51 #


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