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Ah, L'Amour (1995)

  Directed by: Don Hertzfeldt
Written by: Don Hertzfeldt
Links: Ah, L'Amour on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Cartoon/Animation

This movie gets: 8.00 (2 ratings) Ranking: Ranked equal 53rd of 187 movies (2 ratings minimum; see full chart)

Ah, L'Amour (1995) is also mentioned in em_fiction's review of Billy's Balloon (1998), em_fiction's review of Lily and Jim (1997) and mino's review of Rejected (2000).

"Fine piece of art" - a review by em_fiction

Ah, L'Amour, a fiendishly enjoyable first-time animation short by Mr. Rejected, Don Hertzfeldt, is a deep, meaningful exploration of the on-going mystery that still baffles men everywhere: "what do women want?" Of course, Hertzfeldt has his own answer to this mystery, so what better way to express himself than to personify this assessment as a two dimentional character. Okay, the flip-book animation may not exactly be outstanding, and the narrative may not be driven with enough feeling or complexity to call it 'deep' and 'meaningful', but, like I said with Rejected (2000), who needs that load of pap when you got sadistic stick figures!

Of course, no Hertzfeldt animation would be complete without those little ingredients that make a Hertzfeldt animation, um... Hertzfeldt: OTT violence and gore, parody, hyperbole, stereotypes and above all, the guilty accompanying of our hard laughter. One very cool unexpected thing I found great was the extravagant use of soundtrack to colour the mood. Call it sexist if you must, but I wouldn't say Ah, L'Amour is that isolated from the truth.

em_fiction gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Sat 14 Feb 2004

"Silly but funny" - a review by mino

Ah, L'Amour is an inspired piece of animation from Don Hertzfeldt, a man who can instil more emotion, personality, and humour in a stick-figure drawing than most directors can manage to instil in, say, Julia Roberts.

It's only a very short film, and it's incredibly simple, but its comic little twist on the age-old ‘trying to understand women’ theme is indisputably hilarious. It's not like it's telling us something revolutionary we didn't know already, and haven't heard stand-up comedians talking about a billion times; but the total unexpectedness of seeing Hertzfeldt's simple little characters acting out such a vivid and graphic little series of vignettes is fantastically funny and clever.

Stereotypical and a little sexist it may be, but it would be a hard-hearted soul indeed who didn't find Ah, L'Amour laugh-out-loud funny.

mino gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 13 Feb 2004

Movie review statistics

Number of reviews: 2
Average rating: 8.00
Lowest rating: 8 (by em_fiction, mino)
Highest rating: 8 (by em_fiction, mino)
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Reader comments

  1. just awesome...

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from mishi on Fri 06 Aug 2004 14:28 #

  2. my ANUS is BLEEDING

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from some dude on Wed 08 Dec 2004 09:51 #

Those who have commented give this movie: 10.00 (2 ratings)

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