A small elegy of rain that nods to the history of cinema
A sudden rain surprises the city: umbrellas are opened, the traffic intensifies, people seek shelter when they can. A pencil-drawn picture to illustrate a relentless storm that paralyzes the activities of the anonymous inhabitants of an unknown place. In this meditative and dialogue-less short, the director manages to communicate a melancholic and uncertain atmosphere with no aid from the spoken word: the shades of black and white and the delicate trait of David Coquard – Dassault perfectly render the grey mood of a rainy day.
In many ways, “L’Ondee” can be considered the modern and animated equivalent of “Regen“, the 1929 documentary by Joris Ivens that illustrated the effects that rain has on the everyday life of Amsterdam. The contrasted black and white, the absence of dialogue, the static and fragmented shots of people and places under the relentless Dutch rain can all be found in Coquard-Dassault’s short
Both directors make the rain their main protagonist, non just a background voice, and so it becomes a sort of ideal bridge that links two opposite places in history of cinema and brings the two films together. The works also end in the same way, with the return of hesitant rays of sunshine that accompany the slow rebirth of the city.
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