Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story

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Tomi Ungerer is a French artist who’s won multiple awards for his work in children’s illustrated books. He’s been an influence to many others including (but not limited to) Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are). Documentaries about a specific person, or group of people, are easily faulted for the asinine reasoning that if their subject lacks the charisma and interest then any discovery that their work managed to create will immediately be negated because the film was unable to capture your attention. Far Out Isn’t Far Enough’s fault is not with its subject at all – a man whom no one would refuse to have over for dinner no matter the topic of conversation. While Tomi Ungerer may be known to some as only an illustrator and writer of children’s books, he happens to have so many layers to his darkened tone. The film takes us through his foray into political commentary, racial and social commentary as well as erotic expressionism. With Ungerer being born in an area in France so close to the German border (so close it even became part of Germany for a while) in 1931 he’s lived a life in which he’s witnessed first-hand wars of races, genders and nations; which are all things that he’s managed to utilize to feed into his art.

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