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Mute

In a world where people are born without a mouth, a gory accident leads to a discovery that will change their lives forever.

0 – 5 | 2013 | Animation | Black Comedy | Netherlands | Surreal

In a world where people are born without a mouth, everyone is very frustrated and unhappy. The all want to talk, sing and scream, but are obviously unable to do so. But one day, a terrible accident leads them to solution they’ve been waiting for: by simply cutting their faces the problem will vanish. This bloody discovery will cause a chain reaction, and in the end everyone will finally be able to speak their thoughts.

A story like this one can only work in an animation: the same concept in a live-action film would create a scary and morbid horror, but here the result is fun, almost cute. This is because the gruesome aspect is counterbalanced by a bright, modern, pop character design that will raise a smile even in front the most violent “accident”. The simple premise of Mute is crucial to the success of the short, which combines a natural cause-and-effect aspect to a a more surreal, beyond-any-logic one. The various ways in which the characters try to “open” their mouths are very rational and intuitive, everything seems to have its own perfect sense in this world wordless world.

The upbeat and jolly score, composed by Happy Camper, the alias of Job Roggeveen (one of the three creators Mute), adds yet another discordant element in the short, implementing the opposite and bizarre registers that make it one of the most exciting products around. The voices of the characters were made by Fresku, a famous Dutch rapper.

Mute had a great success in the international film festival circuit. It was created by Job Roggeveen, Oprins Joris and Marieke Blaauw – the founders of Job, Joris & Marieke, an animation studio founded in 2007 in Utrecht. The three have made many commercials, music videos and records. Their last short film,  A Single Life, is considered one of the best animation in 2014, and has recently been included on the shortlist for the Oscars next year.

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

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