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Living with Happiness (2001)

  Directed by: Sarah Watt
Written by: Sarah Watt
Starring: Sigrid Thornton
Links: Living with Happiness on the IMDb
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 7.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Living with Happiness (2001) is also mentioned in pearly's review of Look Both Ways (2005) and pearly's review of Small Treasures (1995).

"The progression of an artist" - a review by pearly

Living with Happiness is one of Sarah Watt's more recent films, and it displays a more mature drawing style, and an obviously honed skill for animation. It is about a mother (voiced by Sigrid Thornton) who is always imagining the worst for her young child, but who tries to get herself to calm down and be positive, and to, I suppose, live with happiness. She briefly finds this happiness at the beach.

I really liked the style of this short animation, with its cel painted technique. In particular, the whole look of the waves crashing onto the beach really appealed to me. Beginning in a ridiculous way, as the mother imagines the most horrible and unlikely things happening to her child, showcasing this kind of over-protective thing that kicks in when most women become mothers, the story progresses to a simple conclusion: the thing is not to panic.

pearly gives this movie 7 out of 10.
Review created on Sat 6 Aug 2005

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