- Product: Short animation
- Release: 2008
- Director: Kunio Kato
- Writer: Kunio Kato
- Production: Japan
- Duration: 12 minutes
- Genre: Family drama
- Story: The flood for decades makes an old man in town continually add additional levels onto his home with bricks (cubes) in order to stay above the water, so accidently, every level presents one period of his life.
La maison en petits cubes or The House of Small Cubes in English. I stole this film from one of my colleagues when he went to a client. I watched it and it touched me. No wonder it gains Oscar. I love this Japanese short movie! Watch it yourself…
The story pace is slow. Very sentimental with an evocative music. But it’s not a problem since it’s just a 12 minutes movie.
The artwork is nice. When I read its French title and saw the art style, I was very sure this was a European work. But, I was wrong. It’s Asian.
Very creative, guys! I was astonished how the scuba diving becomes a plot device.
The world is underwater, and the old man memories lie beneath the surface. When he loses his favorite pipe, he goes scuba to retrieve it. There, the old man dives deeper into the voids that once were his life. While doing that, he recovers his long lost and loved memories of his life.
So sweet. Imagine yourself as that old man (unavoidably) when you are very old. Score: 5 stars of 5.