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Papa – by Natalie Labarre

The diary of an imperfect father who tries hard to be a perfect dad.

2014 | 5 - 10 | Animation | Childhood | Family | USA

Papa is a short animated story about an eccentric and overzealous father who realizes he’s not a perfect daddy. He thinks that he can invent the perfect guardian for his daughter — but it turns out no invention can replace this father/daughter duo.

Natalie Labarre is a Franco-American animation artist native to NYC. Inspired by her personal experiences, she has captured through images the trickiness of parenthood. The characters are hand-drawn and this short is very expressive despite having no dialogue. Staged in an urban location, the work focuses on the interaction of different POVs, using close-ups to convey their feelings and reactions.

Parenting skills can’t be translated into an exact formula. You can proceed by trial and error, for every situation you must find the right balance, with the knowledge that the difficult task of being a parent is a very demanding challenge and we are not always used to this.

Selected at several film festivals around the world (including Clermont-Ferrand, Toronto, Milan, Giffoni, and Montréal’s Fantasia), Papa was acquired by MoMA’s department of education to introduce children of 4 to 10 years and adults to the varied world of cinema.

Chiara Pascali

Chiara Pascali

Digital Strategist. Particolare inclinazione verso la continua ricerca del nuovo e del bello. Cinema, letteratura e musica i linguaggi che preferisco per sondare la realtà che mi circonda.

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