Impromptu takes a look at the redemptive power of food, wine,
music and love through the eyes of a modern man. Chuck is in his element,
cooking and listening to Chopin with his baby daughter, imagining what he will
say to his wife Sylvie once he can get her to slow down long enough to have a
real conversation. All goes awry when Sylvie spontaneously invites a group of
colleagues over to celebrate a work victory. The festivities begin to spiral
out of control, and Chuck must find his way through a planned diner à deux that
has turned into pandemonium.
Filmmaker Bruce Alcock continues in the fine tradition of beloved food films such as Babette’s Feast, Big Night and Like Water for Chocolate, using the preparation of a meal as a vehicle for exploring the grand themes of love and life. The loosely flowing movements of his simple and colourful line drawings suggest Alexander Calder wire sculptures come to life. Like the piano impromptu from which the film takes its name, the animation embodies the fleeting occurrence of those inner eureka moments that carry us forward—and bring order to the chaos of life’s rich pageant.
2013, 10 min 08 s
Cartoon and Animated Film Festival
February 28 to March 9 2014, Brussels, BelgiumInternational Film Festival
March 7 to 16 2014, Miami, USACanadian Screen Awards
March 9 2014, Toronto, Canada
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