Sunday, 23 March 2008

"fin d'ete" ("End of Summer") Patrick Harboun, Ronan Le Fur and Joaquim Montserrat

Another Supinfocom film, another three extravagantly talented students particularly in their use of CG software, 3ds Max and After Effects, that makes some of the shots so realistic you'd swear they were, well, real. fin d'ete - the link is to the comprehensive website from where you can download a high resolution version of the movie - has no storyline other than the sorrow of a beautiful young mother on a tropical coastline just before a tropical storm. Sporting a deep red dress and parasol, she places a teddy bear on a grave and is overcome with emotion. The seemingly deserted hamlet offers no-one to console her whilst the towering waves suggest a solution to her grief. Patrick Harboun, Ronan Le Fur and Joaquim Montserrat are heavy on emotion, thin on storyline, though who could criticise such lavish beauty in the scenes of the sky, sea and storm. This is a genuinely beautiful movie full of visually stunning vistas. Indeed, throughout one is very much aware of the different colours, used spectacularly to distinguish the different scenes. The screenshots give a flavour I think. What they do not reveal is the atmosphere generated by the original music from Christophe Juliene. Made in 2005 in six months the movie has a resplendency about it that renders plot somewhat superfluous.

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