The Monk and the Fish (1994)

A big step up from director Michael Dudok de Wit’s previous effort, the “Tom Sweep” short, in terms of animation, story, and scope.

There’s more here than just a series of comic punchlines, as entertaining as they in the first few minutes of the short. The deeper comment on the connection between humans, their dissatisfactions in their pursuit of life and meaning, and the acceptance of death and the mysteries of life and death, all are similar to what de Wit would explore in his feature-length effort, the 2016 film “The Red Turtle”. It’s interesting going back and watching his earlier work after seeing that film; certainly colours one’s perceptions of what he’s interested in.

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I give it three sleepless nights, and a persistent fish.

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