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I started the day with a screening of short films at the Alamo South Complex with the plan of having a light movie experience and a little lunch. The food was great, as always at the Alamo, and the shorts were, well, amazing. Several of the shorts were of note yet one stood out above all others, Madame Tutli-Putli. Madame Tutli-Putli is a 2007 Academy Award nominated stop motion-animated short film by Montreal filmmakers Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski. The movie takes viewer on an existential fantasy dreamworld ride with Madame through symbolic representations of her fears and her past towards enlightenment. The animation is nothing short of extraordinary. The most recognizable form we as human beings is another human being and the ability to take “lifeless” material and create a living, breathing, believable representation of a person is astounding and that is just what Lavis and Szczerbowski did. The score is equally compelling, fitting perfectly with the images, creating tension, anticipation, and resolution. I loved this short. Check out Madame Tutli-Putli!!!! I give it 4 exclamation points.

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