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Seventeen (2003)

  Directed by: Hisko Hulsing
Written by: Hisko Hulsing
Links: Seventeen on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"A melodramatic coming of age story" - a review by timchuma

Set in a town somewhere in Eastern Europe during the Soviet era, this short follows the story of a young roofer and how he comes into the adult world. One day on the roof he spies a pretty young woman naked who looks his way. He is embarrassed by it and his work mates make fun of him for it.

That night at the fairground he tries to talk to her, but he is too shy and ends up getting drunk instead. Later that night in a drunken haze, he finds the woman and learns what she really does in the town. For some reason he thinks she is being attacked, so he tries to beat up his work mates and then has to flee.

I enjoy a good animated short and I liked the style of this one as it seemed to use pastel for the lines and solid colours. This meant it had some very good blending effects and the colours were very rich and earthy.

The music in the short was also well used, starting off as a gentle tune that set the scene, then getting more intense and faster once things started to get weird.

It was good how the story started out as normal, but then became very dark and surrealistic. I thought the whole thing was a bit melodramatic, but it does match some young people's experiences with alcohol and doing things they regret on the path to adulthood.

timchuma gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Wed 27 Jul 2005

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