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Bite of the Tail

Four characters struggling to find an elusive truth, and a snake that creeps inside their everyday lives.

2013 | 5 - 10 | Animation | Drama | Human Nature | USA

Four people desperately looking for an answer. Bite of the Tail revolves around the daily difficulties of a wife, an husband, a doctor and an intrusive sister. Our protagonist is plagued with excruciating abdominal pains, the cause of which remains unknown, despite the numerous tests that the clueless doctor keeps on prescribing her. Her struggle is aggravated by her constantly gossiping, suffocating sister, and a husband who seems to be growing more distant as days go by. The man is actually dealing with his very own obsession: every day he goes to an abandoned slot in search of a snake, whose existence is uncertain.

The animal often returns within the story, a symbol of the obsessions and anxieties that haunt the characters, a strong image which embodies the elusive truth that everyone seems to aspire to. The sister talks all the time, but how to be sure of the reliability of her words? The wife is convinced that the doctor will be able to cure her, but in fact the solution seems light years away.

The figure of the snake is masterfully used by director and animator  Song E Kim, as it appears as creepy and threatening as possible in the most tense points of the story. The animation style is unique, and combined with the sound effects and an highly cinematic direction, elevates the visual and emotional impact of the film. The shots and camera movements are dynamic, unusual, far from the usual static frames of many animations – it’s like watching an auteur film.

Korean director Song and Kim spent 6 years making Bite of the Tail, a work in progress that accompanied her directing and animation activity – in addition to her award-winning debut short Dinner Table, she has many commercials, music videos (such as OK GO’s Last Leaf), and documentaries such as Playground and Plastiki to her credit.

Following its premiere at Sundance and Clermont-Ferrand, Bite of the Tail has had a very long festival run, winning many awards.

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

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