Thursday, 12 April 2012

Geoffroy Moneyron "Frangin" (2011)

You get all sorts of advice when you post a movie on Vimeo or YouTube. Usually it's complimentary, occasionally not so. One respondent to today's movie called it "touching and beautiful" but felt the sound was unsynchronized, and that emotional impact could have been heightened by cutting up to 30% of the piece. Every opinion is valued and my own are featured here every day. So I'm allowed to disagree. Very strongly in the case of the latter point! Frangin (or Brother) is the graduation film of 23 year old Geoffroy Moneyron from one of France's premier institutions, Ecole des Métiers du Cinéma d'Animation (EMCA). Story first. A young boy sees his brother leave for a war. Missing his elder sibling terribly he attempts to gain contact by sending off a succession of the family racing pigeons. That's it really. The boy waits around, launches his birds, and recalls the times when the two of them were together, revealed in warm, bright colours. In his response to the criticism Geoffroy agrees about the sound, pointing out however that he refrained from making too many cuts because he wanted to sustain a peaceful atmosphere. Maybe our world is so frenzied in pace that some of us are unable to maintain concentration in a slow moving work for the five and a half minutes of the film. Well phooey to them. The film was after all about waiting. And what a wait. The composition, colouring and sheer beautiful restraint of the artist, for such he is, is impressive. The huge, rounded and nostalgic figure of the older man towering over his brother. The convoy of vehicles fleeing the fighting. The magical forest with its colour and light; and the disappearing pigeons. As for the blemishes in synchronising the sound. Well I only noticed the delicate guitar riffs.


Adele Hawkins said...

I'm always told that cutting excessively diminishes the impact of a cut anyway. I enjoyed the waiting. How would we be able to empathize with the young boy if we didn't have to wait?

Ian Lumsden said...

Well said, Adele.