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With a hip, stylized cel shaded look meshed together with interviews and images of the real life counterparts of the dramatization, Another Day of a lifetepps a intense and intimate story of war and political intrigue. Some of the animation and voice acting is stiff and unimpressive matching the feeling of a mid budget video game cutscene. The desensitized sense of emotion of the animated scenes is contrasted purposefully with it's real life imagery.
The horrors of wars, in this case, are fought with beautiful images, both real and drawn. And even if I did not see a point of finding a good side and a bad side, I liked the fusion of styles of this docu-drama.
This movie was pretty great! This movie is like two movies in one. Part of it is a documentary about the Angolan Civil War. The other part is an animated film about the same subject, following Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski reporting on the war in the 1970s. The first thing that I need to talk about is the animation. It is animated in that rotoscoped cell-shaded CGI style similar to A Scanner Darkly or the Love, Death & Robots short Fish Night. Normally, I hate animation that is trying to look realistic, but I didn't mind it here. There are many sequences of animation in this movie that just couldn't possibly work as well in live-action. The colours are really nice and it is intense! It actually feels like you're in the middle of a war! The story I found very interesting and the intercut documentary footage of people who actually knew the main character in real life and are characters in the movie themselves was really cool and helped with my understanding of the story and the history behind the film. The acting was really good as well and I really cared about the characters. Overall, if you like animation or historical war movies, you should watch this movie. It's very short, but very good!
I enjoyed it, not sure if the good time I had while watching it was due to the film or due to the admiration I have toward Kapuscinski's life and work.
Although character of Kapuscinski continues being controversial, the stories around its trips have something have fascinating we have to look at.