VSFF | The Fish and the Ring

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The Fish and the Ring

DIR Eruinna Cahyadi

4 min | Singapore

Will be shown this year at the Vancouver Singapore Film Festival, which will take place over September 17th and 18th. The venue will be the Vancouver International Film Centre.

The Fish and the Ring is a short film that for me, oddly enough, visually recalls the styles of Waking Life and even Salad Fingers, the Youtube sensation, with its shaky lines and good ol’ fashioned 2D animation. But the narrative is worlds away from either. A little old man sits solitary by the sea on the shores of his tiny island. As he feeds a fish, his ring flies off his finger and drops into the water, where the fish swallows it and eventually carries it to a little old lady living on her own island. By happy accident, the fish brings back memories for both isolated people and links their paths irreversibly.

Heartwarming to watch, this animated short is professionally put together, while retaining a touch of rawness. I was particularly blown away by the visual style of the film and enjoyed its lack of dialogue. The expressions of human surprise, longing and delight are all the more touching somehow when wordless.

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