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Lily and Jim (1997)

  Directed by: Don Hertzfeldt
Written by: Don Hertzfeldt
Links: Lily and Jim on the IMDb, Official site, Buy Merchandise, Buy on DVD
Genre: Cartoon/Animation

This movie gets: 9.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Lily and Jim (1997) is also mentioned in em_fiction's review of Genre (1996).

"Ah, L'Amour (plus a brain, minus the gore)" - a review by em_fiction

What a great short to end my little journey through the Hertzfeldt universe.

Lily and Jim is a 13 minute animation basically weaving a disaster blind date and the aftermath interview with two involved. Lily and Jim are both shy, nervous and have no idea what to say to eachother. As much as both are afraid of the impression they're going to leave, we realise from their separate interviews that they're very much alike.

This is definitely Don Hertzfeldt's most idiosyncratic short. Like Ah, L'Amour (1995), it's a social commetary on the relationships between men and women. Unlike Ah, L'Amour, it's actually built on a degree of realism. Don't get me wrong, it's still a Hertzfeldt stick-figure animation; it's just that the characters are two regular, every-day people. In other words, you could easily do an identical live action remake of this, word-for-word. Words are something else that isolates this short from the other Hertzfeldt films. The entire film is dialogue based, and the dialogue is very realistic.

Lily and Jim is infused with satire, romance and humour. Hertzfeldt doesn't pump this one with outlandish, exaggerated activity like in the others. Instead, it's ordinary, mellow, sweet and gentle. Seeing how realistic Hertzfeldt can make his stick figures, it kind of makes me think: maybe we're nothing more than a bunch of two dimensional stick figures. If you're looking for more of that Hertzfeldt wackiness, give it a miss. Even though it wasn't his most exciting short, it worked best for me out of all them.

em_fiction gives this movie 9 out of 10.
Review created on Sun 25 Apr 2004

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