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Thursday, 5 July 2012

Franck Dion "Monsieur COK" (2008)

I first covered Franck Dion's stop motion L'inventaire Fantôme in July 2007, back when I worried about the speed of Internet connections. Franck's second film, Monsieur COK, is a much more ambitious affair. Set in a retro-futuristic munitions factory, circa WW1, that churns out bombs stamped COK and reproduces or disposes of people at will to suit his task, the egg shaped controller or, more charitably, entrepreneur, Monsieur Cok, has an eye for profit, profit at all costs for his employees. He is however plagued by the eternally angry Barbu, a hammer and sickle bearing guy with limitless talent for revolution, despite all the set-backs he has to endure, of which there are many. Will he or his boss crack? A mix of stop motion, paper cut-outs and 2D animation the production is on a grand scale, full of wit and spectacle with one redoubtable character and one stupendous villain. There is a zest about this film that is so refreshingly dark, never more so than when Barbu is involved, launching vain assaults against remorseless odds, against merciless, robotic brutes. Ah...  More details can be found at the dedicated website. Franck is the founder of Paris based Papy3D Productions. He has just enjoyed success with his latest film, Edmond was a Donkey, winning  the Jury's Special Prize in Annecy and the Bravo!FACT Award for Best Canadian Short in Toronto. Monsieur COK, strangely enough, has not enjoyed the competition success it richly deserves. I think it is outstanding and I guess many of you may not have seen it. You are in for a treat both visually and for the wonderful music by Pierre Caillet that casts an acerbic eye on the action.

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