Film Reviews, Short Review, Uncategorized

Ernest et Célestine [Ernest and Celestine] (2012)

3.5/4

From the same directorial team that made the insane masterpiece A Town Called Panic, Ernest & Celestine represents a completely different direction, albeit one no less sweet and childlike. With utterly gorgeous yet simple and soft watercolour animation, Ernest & Celestine tells the story of a society of bears and a society of mice, both of whom are told bad stories about each other to stoke fear. We follow two free souls from either side of this divide become best of friends, and the film is utterly heart-warming in its sincerity and humanity, focusing on a anti-xenophobic, anti-racist message that would benefit our children and our adults if it were taken to heart. Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier, in collaboration with Benjamin Renner, are surely some of cinema’s most unsung modern animators and storytellers.

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