The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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This is a brave film, a unique way of exploring a taboo topic.
There are slow bits, as Baumane delves into stories that are less interesting than others. But overall, her family history is rife with complex characters, and she brings them all to life in a loving, if scrutinizing, way.
Signe Baumane... wrote and directed this feature-length animation about her family history of bipolar disorder, and despite its thorough treatment of the subject, it's surprisingly lighthearted and free of self-regard.
[A] sardonically hilarious, sneakily moving, autobiographical animated feature.
not an easy film to watch...But it serves as a striking reminder of the countless individuals who suffer similar pains in silence, and of the special power of animation to make the unseen visible.
Coasting over the denials and euphemisms offered by nervous uncles and cousins, Baumane uncovers a gene pool heavily freighted with mental illness, depression and self-annihilation.
We have had few if any first-person accounts from "crazy" women filmmakers about how they see their own lives and minds. Animator and artist Signe Baumane's first feature, Rocks in My Pockets, seeks to change that situation.
The animation is so inventive and surprising.
Baumane's animation is quite striking, often taking viewers down surreal, symbolically resonant rabbit holes, and her message is also empowering and ultimately upbeat.
Baumane draws upon a rich history of European animation to propel Rocks in My Pockets, her charming, incisive and very contemporary study of generational depression and suicidal tendencies.
Where the film really scores, though, is in Baumane's ability to communicate depression metaphorically to those of us on the outside looking in.
In a year when Robin Williams got us all to open up about depression, this movie felt more essential on that topic than any of the late comic's final roles.
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