Detroit Film Theatre


Sunday, November 24, 2013

4:30 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Belgium/2009—directed by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar)

Horse, Cowboy and Indian have a strange and wonderful relationship, especially considering that they’re plastic. Animating generic toys, the creators of this Belgian gem have fashioned an absurdist world that has plenty of room for friendship and love, birthday presents, online shopping, music lessons, and home improvements. Their francophone universe — recognizable to anyone who has ever been intimidated by a Parisian waiter — is filled with equal parts hilarity and anxiety. Slightly risqué only when Horse concentrates on wooing the village’s sexy equine music teacher, this is animation for both adults and kids – in fact, for anyone who has ever enjoyed the companionship of a plastic figurine on a rainy day. A Town Called Panic, it should be noted, features occasional bad language in the English subtitles, but is otherwise appropriate for kids. (75 min.)

“Absolutely brilliant! Something truly special.” –The Hollywood Reporter

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