Helping create a tenure-track position is like the story about the thousand starfish on a beach after a storm. A boy is picking them up and throwing them back into the ocean and somebody tells him: "you can't possibly make a difference." He picks one up, tosses it back to the ocean, and says "It made a difference to that one."
The film, which won a number of festival awards, has no theatrical release scheduled in the U.S., alas. My wife and I got to see it as guests of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival… for the price that I had to join a panel afterwards, with local luminaries and animation experts, to discuss the movie. (I was the token sci fi author.)
We had mixed reactions. I felt the middle third dragged and the animation was too repetitious -- too many lush, avatar-like flowering plants. On the other hand, Robin Wright was terrific, playing an alternate version of herself. And the poignant ending was very well-handled. I thought that Folman dealt with the "what is reality?" issues at least as well as any of the directors who have rendered Philip K. Dick tales. All told, I recommend renting the DVD when you get a chance.
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