9.99 (2008)

TATIA ROSENTHAL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

Israel/Australia, 2008.  Lama Films, Australian Film Finance Corporation.  Screenplay by , Tatia Rosenthal, based on the short stories of Etgar Keret.  Cinematography by , , .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  

Claymation film that focuses on the denizens of a Sydney apartment building, inspired by the stories of Etgar Keret. Among them is a perpetual Peter Pan who lets his girlfriend walk out on him before being inundated with hallucinations of two pint-sized party animals, a workaholic who lives with his son, and a lonely old man who will talk to anyone who walks by him. They are all at some point or another connected by an experience with an angel (voiced by Geoffrey Rush), who takes on the appearance of a pushy homeless man whose requests for things forces these characters to reexamine their meandering lives. It offers interesting possibilities for an animated ensemble along the lines of Robert Altman, but the characters are all dull and the low-grade animation is unappealing to the point of creepy: characters with brush strokes still visible on their faces make them look more disfigured than technologically simple.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2008

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