A charming little animated film by Vic Chhun, Leyla Kaddoura, and Nicolas Ughen, Poussière (Dust), as it’s name implies, tells the story of a piece of dust and its travels. This story intertwines with that of a farmer but just how is for you to discover. The animation itself is accomplished; the characters showing a wealth of emotion with using an economy of movement and the scenery in which they find themselves are beautifully rendered. I will say that, if there is any flaw here, it is in the presentation of the last bit of story. I’ve watched this three or four times now, and I can’t help but feel that an important piece of information is missing from the film’s final sequence. Of course, my being incredibly dense isn’t out of the question either.

Thanks, Pete!

3 Responses to “Poussière”

  1. Celephais Says:

    Ross —

    I’m really curious as to what exactly you think is missing here. Are you dissatisfied that there’s no explicit reason given for the woman’s absence?

  2. Ross Rosenberg Says:

    Celephais – Pretty much. It goes right from her being on the porch as a door opens to him being sad and putting the ring in the drawer. Was he going to give her the ring and she broke up with him? Did she die? Was she on some other person’s porch entirely? There’s no real connection between the scene on the porch and him in the attic.

  3. Sid Says:

    Ross, the key is in the title. “Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return” (Genesis 3:19, and thank you Wikipedia) This is a meditation on mortality. As the dustbunny dies, what we’re seeing are flashbacks — how they met, their first date. That it is a ring which is revealed tells us the fate of their relationship: they fell in love, they married, and then, eventually, she died.