Boy and the World (2013) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2018.

Categorization

Wordless picaresque.

Subject

A boy’s father leaves on a train. The boy tries to get him back. Beyond their rural backwater, industry reigns.

Commentary

It’s not 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother (1976); it doesn’t have the emotional punch. It’s a lot more dense though. I like the gently teratomorphic vehicles, which maintain a sense of gentleness and fairytale in the mushrooming depiction of industrialization, urbanization and vague fascism. The way objects simply disappear when the boy leaves them helps the cognitive management of complexity. Great work for such a small crew.

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