Blood Tea and Red String

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In a forest, a group of white mice commission a doll from the Creatures Who Dwell Under The Oak. But the Creatures grow attached to the completed product and refuse to sell it to the mice. Finding an egg nearby, the Creatures sew it into the doll's belly. After the angry mice return and steal her back, the Creatures set out to rescue their beloved object, encountering a number of obstacles on their way -- from labyrinths to poisonous fruit and a sinister spider-woman.

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Critic Reviews for Blood Tea and Red String

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1)

  • An original head trip definitely not recommended for kiddies.

    October 6, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • Thirteen years in the making, Christiane Cegavskes stop-motion fairy tale is at once wondrously obsolete and perfectly au courant.

    October 4, 2006 | Rating: 5/5
  • As lovingly crafted as it is unsettlingly sour-sweet.

    October 3, 2006

    Dennis Harvey

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  • As with Henry Darger, coherence is beside the point; one just waits for the next baffling image.

    October 3, 2006
  • ...utterly idiosyncratic, in the best sense of the word. ... Very trippy and sometimes strangely disturbing, this is a quintessential midnight movie.

    March 1, 2007
  • So achingly lovely, so immersive in a genuine childhood world, that it's hard to image a viewer walking away unmoved.

    March 1, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blood Tea and Red String

  • Jan 20, 2012
    A group of white mice (who drink blood tea) steal a doll belonging to a clan of rodents in this dialogue-free stop-motion feature. Beautiful and imaginative, with hallucinogenic berries, a frog sorcerer, and a near-perfect mix of surrealism and fairy tale darkness. People say it again and again, but it's the perfect description: BLOOD TEA is like a lost Jan Svankmajer film.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2011
    Technically and visually a BRILLIANT little film. If you know anything about the amount of work that goes into stop motion work, you can't help but be impressed. Especially with all of the little details. The story is interesting and bizarre in a creepy/cool sort of way, but it feels a bit self-indulgent at times. A very impressive piece of art if nothing else.
    Robert C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2009
    A cute and imaginative parable of human nature, with surrealist and expressionist elements. One of the better films in its class of peres such as 'Alice' and 'The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer.'
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Apr 05, 2009
    It's the mice vs. the fuzzy beaked things in a dispute over a "beautiful" doll. There are wagons pulled by turtles, hallucinogenic berries, flesh eating plants, frogs dressed like monks, and a sundry assortment of other oddities. Christiane Cegavske spent years putting this fanciful but weird stop-motion universe together. Interesting, strange and very imaginative.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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