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Short Film of the Day: Ariadne’s Thread

Why Watch? Because animation can transcend language and time.

This retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur comes out of nowhere. The animation has a Persepolis style to it that seems to blend the simplicity of modern art with the literally classic look of Greek drawings. As a result, there’s a lot of suggestion going on which works in its favor. In a sense, it’s the stylistic opposite of 300.

The story is told purely with visuals – not an easy task – but what’s truly engaging is that these unembellished lines still manage to create tension, surprise and emotion. They weave together to create something beautifully restrained (even if there’s a lot of minotaur ass in it).

What does it cost? Just 9 minutes of your time.

Check out Ariadne’s Thread for yourself:

ARIADNE’S THREAD (2009)

Trust us. You have time for more short films.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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