USA2001-2010AnimationChristiane CegavskeFantasy

Christiane Cegavske – Blood Tea and Red String (2006)

Strange and magical stop-motion fairy-tale for adults, with obsessive-compulsive attention to repetitive details similar to Svankmajer. This is much gentler than Svankmajer though, and holds back its meaning and symbolism just out of reach. Allegedly took Christiane Cegavske 12 years to put together, and the pedantic work on every little repetitive detail feels unusual for a female director. The movie starts and ends with a living doll, tea, cake and a symbolic egg that finds its way into this fantasy world of strange creatures that all become enchanted by the egg and what it brings. Aristocratic mice pay the Oak Dwellers (some kind of mammal with beaks) to make them a female doll but they refuse to hand it over when done, impregnating it with the egg by stitching it into its belly and hanging the doll on a tree. The mice steal it, develop their own obsession with it, and the oak dwellers go on a quest to retrieve it, encountering labyrinths, dangerous hallucinogenic fruit in a garden, a wizard healing frog, a bartering spider-woman, flowers with either faces or skulls, and much more. Recurring visual themes include red string, tea (sometimes bloody), birds, acorns and eggs. Very enigmatic and full of elusive symbolism, with hints of new-age circular mysticism, but its best to just experience and dream this one. Takes a while to get going, but it weaves a magic spell if watched in the right state of mind.

Blood Tea and Red String.mkv

Container:  	Matroska
Runtime: 	1 h 10 min
Size: 	2.56 GiB
Codec: 	x264
Resolution: 	1420x1080 
Aspect ratio:  	4:3
Frame rate: 	23.976 fps
Bit rate: 	5 000 kb/s
BPP: 	0.136
#1:  	2.0ch AAC LC @ 256 kb/s

Language(s):No dialogue


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