Saturday, January 03, 2009

Saturday Cinema: Harvie Krumpet

I mentioned this short film by Adam Elliot recently in my post about Christmas Eve, and was delighted to find that the entire film is now posted on YouTube, so I just had to share with my readers here. Adam Elliot is a remarkable animator and short film maker, perhaps one of Australia's best, given that this wonderful effort earned him the 2004 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. I've seen others he's done on the Sundance Channel, but this is the one I keep coming back to and loving every time I see it. It's only about 20 minutes long, but packs a lot of punch into it, chronicling the life of Harvie Krumpet from his humble beginnings in Poland (pre-WWII) to his later (and final) years in Australia.

This is a short film of remarkable humanity and compassion for its subject ... although there are moments of truly hilarious circumstances, the overall trajectory of his life is curiously tragicomic, yet ultimately life reaffirming. I think that all of us can see someone we have known (or will know) in this film and it may help us to put things into proper perspective at some point. But until such moments, just enjoy Harvie Krumpet for what it is ... it's a great little film and just don't answer the iron when it rings!


Janet said...

I'll check it out!

Here in portland we're getting more snow! Portland OREGON. Not Maine.

Wanted to drop by and give you guys some huggage and kissages for the New Year.

Had a weird dream about you and one other friend I know from the net, Manny from Maneegee. He came by and I was baking cookies for you. We both were expecting you to come by and when you didn't we started walking to find you. Manny and I ate all the cookies while we walked on and on and on in the snow. Eating cookies and talking about you and peace protests and immigration issues. Was kinda cool.

then my dream went into some other tangent then I had to get up.

Sorry I've been a flake. Got busy here at work. And then I'd get home and turn into Mommy Jello. THEN there was the Winter Classic Hockey game... and brother got fired from his 7 year job. THEN.... then I got my hippie butt over and said "hellooooooooooooo"


Gail said...

Hi, Nothing new here just wanted to say hello. Crummy weather and wishing my camera worked. Do you want some cheese with this whine? Gail

I will check on this movie. We've been watching this very nice special on PBS about India.

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

Hey Janet!
Sorry to hear you're getting dumped with more snow! Ours has let up for a while, but it's staying pretty cold, other than a couple of days when it started to melt and then promptly refroze into one huge glaze of ice. Looks like snow on the yard, but it's ice!!

I miss Manny and need to drop by his place more often, but he seems so activist busy lately. I'm glad he's got the energy for it, he definitely has the good passion(s)! Figures you guys would eat all the cookies before I got there! LOL

I've been buried at work too (working 12-13 hr days consistently lately), so I totally understand, and as you can see, the blog has suffered. :-(

Soon, I hope to be back with some really big news, but I don't want to jinx it yet!

Iowa Victory Gardener said...

You're so sweet to stop by! I agree about the crummy weather, and add on way too much work and a cold that won't go away and it's just all around whine time! Have some Maytag Blue with that?

Is your camera on the fritz? Sorry to hear that if it is!

Do watch Harvie... it's very special in its own odd, charming way. I think you'll really enjoy it! Didn't mention that it's narrated by Geoffrey Rush, which impressed my sister....

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