The Curt Critic featured in the Wisconsin State Journal

The Curt Critic in the news: This recent Wisconsin State Journal article is validation that Liz Zélandais' quest to see all 53 Oscar-nominated films for 2013 is a fascinating enterprise worthy of public interest, rather than merely nuts.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Henry - 2013 Oscar Nominee for Best Short Film—Live Action

The lesser Amour. 

Initially veiled in the cloak of a whodunit—an elderly man lunching at a cafe is warned that his wife is in danger, then spirited away to a sterile institution—the live action short, Henry, quickly gives way to what is clearly the title character's internal displacement. He fruitlessly searches for his wife, kaleidoscoping memories of their meeting decades before and his current situation in a nursing home.

In the latest entry to the new "Getting Old Sucks" movie genre, the theme, age, and occupation are parallel to the feature-length film Amour, and not nearly as well done. The colors are drab (purposefully, I assume) and the editing loose. The good news is that you only have to endure it for 21 minutes, but it wouldn't hurt to have your anti-depressants close at hand.

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