Spanish Directors Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez set out to make what Oscar Wilde explained as ‘Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken”. And they couldn’t have done it better than creating Alike, the film that separates an individual from the crowd. Or better still, this could be called a poetic lesson on parenting. Every man is ‘Alike’ every other in the film. Their childhood is burdened in the training of carrying the burden of their adult lives. The office is a mirror reflection of the school with the one difference that one institutionalises children, and the other, grown-ups. Colours are drained out of the landscape, the characters and the costumes. Only our protagonist, the little boy and a little patch in the centre of the city staging an artist practicing his Violin beam with hues of freedom and non-conformity.
What’s wow: Everything is beyond wow. The story and its simplicity make the perfect base camp for the animation genius. The characters are impeccably designed. The makers are acutely invested in the detailing. The overall texture and design of the film make it absolutely worth the eight minutes. Possibly there isn’t a better way of communicating your concerns than making a film like this.
What’s blah: I’m glad I was so engrossed in the review that I didn’t realize when I reached this section which has no utility this time.
Parting shot: The film is perfect because it measured every shot and every turn of event. Its amazing how real an animated film can feel. The child coming back from school day after day forcefully institutionalized could bring a tear to the coarsest of hearts.
Director: Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez
Produced by: Daniel Martínez Lara & Nicolás Matji
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