A (short) Film Rumination: The Box Man, Nirvan Mullick (2002)

7/10 (Good)

Multiple works by the famous Japanese novelist Kôbô Abe were turned into successful movies by Hiroshi Teshigahara (the most well known is A Woman in the Dunes which was nominated for two oscars, including best director). So while browsing the internet looking for other films inspired by Kôbô Abe’s works I came across the short stop-animation, The Box Man (2002) directed by Nirvan Mullick.

The Box Man is a moody and haunting short about a man who discovers a box across from his house from which a set of eyes watch him.  Although in no way a masterpiece à la the animations of The Brothers Quay or Jan Švankmajer, the short is competently done and the dark tone of the piece established effectively.

Check it out!  Youtube allows access to so many top-notch short films which would otherwise pass unseen.

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