Friday, 19 December 2008

Borge Ring "Anna and Bella"

I try to put a bit of everything into the blog. Today's movie is Borge Ring's classic, the winner of the Academy Award in 1985 - Anna and Bella. If you have missed it you are in for a rare treat. In a funny opening sequence one sees, in full colour, the beast devouring the beauty, only to track upwards to the girl reading her comic and picking her nose. The sisters of the title are seen through their photo albums, their life revealed in an initially warm and joyous series of escapades as Bella steals the toilet tissue, their parents greet them at the peel of the school bell and the pair grow to womanhood amidst flowers. The mature women laugh riotously over the snapshots of their younger selves, red wine served in copious amounts. The mood changes abruptly with the arrival of the long haired young man whose attention is diverted from one to the other, one sister in raptures, the other seething on the drive home. The mood changes are reflected in a variety of styles incorporated into one movie, the different forms somehow harmoniously, and always ingeniously, grouped in a movie of rare depth. Borge moves through shades of grey for the past, judicious use of colour elsewhere, whilst metaphor is used for the men as bees flying from their hives to the pubescent girls, very shapely now in mini skirts; or circling the moon when the bee has landed! The animation is effortlessly rendered, never more so than in the two old ladies rolling around in glee, or clutching a sister's arm as memories cause pain. There is also a dramatic scene towards the end that is rivetting though the conclusion is not to be spoiled here. In under 8 minutes Borge moves from laughter to tears to.. well, watch this stunning movie yourself. The YouTube link was posted by Anne-Mieke, Borge's daughter.

1 comment:

Vivian Chiu said...

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