Blood Tea and Red String (2006)
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Critic Reviews for Blood Tea and Red String
An original head trip definitely not recommended for kiddies.
Thirteen years in the making, Christiane Cegavskes stop-motion fairy tale is at once wondrously obsolete and perfectly au courant.
As lovingly crafted as it is unsettlingly sour-sweet.
As with Henry Darger, coherence is beside the point; one just waits for the next baffling image.
...utterly idiosyncratic, in the best sense of the word. ... Very trippy and sometimes strangely disturbing, this is a quintessential midnight movie.
Audience Reviews for Blood Tea and Red String
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.
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.
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.
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