What would you do for a view of the
ocean in Canada’s most expensive city?
One winter, Odile falls deeply in love
with the spectacular ocean vista afforded by a beachside apartment in
Vancouver’s West End. As she settles into
her new home and spring arrives, her view becomes obstructed by a beech tree
that she had failed to notice in its leafless winter state. How far will Odile
go to regain her cherished panorama? Like Don Giovanni, it seems she’ll stop
at nothing to attain her heart’s desire, regardless of the price she has to
Based on a true story, Big
Trees is an
animated musical comedy about human nature and humans versus nature. With a
nod to Alain Resnais’ Same
Old Song and its obsession with pricey real estate, the film follows in
the particularly Canadian tradition of making landscape a central character.
In this eccentric blend of musical genres, literary references, stop-motion,
hand-drawn animation, projected imagery, and altered live action, director Ann
Marie Fleming stresses the tension between urban life and the natural
environment, contrasting the organic world and a controlled, polished one.
2013, 12 min 18 s
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