Le Moine et Le Poisson

The Monk and The Fish is the simple story of an obsessive monk and a naughty fish. Standing next to a water reservoir in a monastery enclave, a monk sees a fish and goes to get his net to catch it. The fish eludes him and the monk gets rather agitated as he tries increasingly extreme ways of catching the fish. Suddenly, the monk's chase and the fish's teasing flight become a spiritual journey.

Michael Dudok De Wit doesn't need dialogue to make a great short: the animation and background artwork have to carry this one and do so superbly. The action is engaging and hypnotic at times. It reminds me of the peaceful and sweet portions of Bozzetto's Allegro, ma non troppo.

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