Vive la rose

Vive la Rose

OK, here we have one of those animated shorts that is abstract and incomprehensible to someone like me.

Vive la rose is Canadian, only 6 minutes long, almost half of which is titles and credits.

The camera pans in over a lake and zeroes in on a cabin. We enter the cabin, and a desk drawer opens.

The desk drawer becomes a kind of split screen where two, and I think sometimes maybe three or four, scenes are shown at once.

I don’t know if they are scenes of the people who live or lived in this cabin or what, but it’s just all disjointed, random stuff. Here’s somebody fishing and then gutting the fish to put in a stew, here’s a woman playing the piano, here’s a crucifix with leaves or some kind of debris blowing across it, etc., etc.

The soundtrack consists of a dirge-like folk song or something being sung in (I think) French.

And then it ends. I guess the animation is mildly interesting, but beyond that, this kind of thing has no impact on me whatsoever because I have no idea what any of it means.

[So this is where I cheat and look for some explanation on the Internet of what the heck I just watched. And here’s what we find: “The tale of a tragic love story set in Newfoundland. When illness takes the woman he loves, a simple man raises his voice in melancholy song as a last farewell.”

OK, if you say so. I’m actually kind of glad when I don’t look up ahead of time what one of these abstract pieces is supposed to mean. That way I can test whether I can make sense of it on my own. I pretty much always fail that test, but it’s still more interesting to try than to already know going in.]

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