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Ulysse – by H. B. Meyrant, M. Chabannes, A. Labadie, C. Theuillon

Through digital animation a modern Ulysses brings us in his oniric trip caused by the catching gaze of a strange mermaid.

2013 | 5 - 10 | Adventure | Animation | France | Travel

Is it possible to rewrite a stroy that has been told for more than 2000 years? Absolutely, according to the animated short Ulysse directed by four former students of the French school Mopa: Hugo Bodoukian Meyrant, Martin Chabannes, Anne Labadie and Candice Theuillon. This animated Ulysses is quite different from the legendary Greek king told by Homer or more recently by James Joyce or Jean-Luc Godard in The Contempt. Indeed, the Ulysses of 2013 is the trascription, as the directors explained, of the homeric myth into a post-apocalyptic sci-fi atmosphere.

The story of the smart, feared and valiant hero becomes the story of a fat and lazy worker, who drives a giant machinery that moves the great abondened monuments of the human history into the crater of a burning volcano as in a dump. We see the Tour Eiffel and the Empire State Building until the shape of a transatlantic called Parthenope, recalling the mythic Titanic. Through a weird chant coming from the hull of the wreck, Ulysses penetrates the aquatic world that seems still living within the Parthenope.

A sequence of oniric and musical scenes bring the worker in a vortex of memories, dreams and desires (as the multiple sexual references may intend) led by the choreography of what can seem the personification of the ship itself, the mermaid Parthenope. A mermaid quite different both from the homeric aquatic creatures who fascinated Ulysses and his fellows and from the Disney’s Ariel. Indeed, Parthenope is more similar to the corporeality and voracity of Ariel’s nemesis, Ursula. Ulysses, hence, finds himself dragged throughout the bowels of the ship among strange creatures and burlesque ballets.

Will this Ulysses be able to save himself from the chant of the mermaid as his Greek ancestor? With their sophisticated animation Hugo Bodoukian Meyrant, Martin Chabannes, Anne Labadie and Candice Theuillon, give us some answers. It’s up to you to find them out.

Francesco Bozzi

Francesco Bozzi

Nato nel 1989, mi sono laureato in Letterature comparate alla Utrecht University nel 2015 ma, fuggendo l’accademia, cerco di scrivere del cinema che guardo, dello sport che seguo, e della muscia che sento.

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