Title: Tephrasect

Also known as:
Justin Curfman's Tephrasect

Year: 2004

Genre: Animation / Surrealism / Art House

Language: None

Runtime: 24 min

Director: Justin Curfman

Writer: Justin Curfman


A surreal stop-motion animation film showing a creepy collection of unreal events happening to one odd person, taken straight from a dream journal.

Our thoughts:
After I had watched this film for 1 minute, I paused it so that I could go to Justin Curfman's website to order it. It's a very strange film with a dark atmosphere, but unlike alot of surreal stop-motion films, it never feels like the film is trying hard to be weird, and even though there's no real category for what I'm describing, I would create one for this and call it "Laid back surrealism". The film couldn't give a rats ass if you're disturbed by it or not, it acts like what happens is the most normal things ever. But they're certainly not..

Parts of this film reminds me of a tv-show or film that I saw when I was a kid, but it never takes long before we get to see something way too bizarre for being a film for kids. Like my personal favorite scene where a woman is making a blanket out of cockroaches for her son, who's ear gets pierced by a needle that was left in the blanket. Another scene I was fond of was at the beginning of the film, where the lead character (if you can call it that) goes to his drawer and takes out the lower part of his face and puts it on to get a nose and mouth. This is just two of many twisted scenes, but I don't wanna spoil them all since they are what this movie lives on.

The animation isn't the best, but the quality of it gives the whole thing an even dirtier feel to it. There's also no talking in the film, and we only get a little sound, just enough to never be totally silent. Those two things make the film very hard to understand, but from what I've heard, the film is put together from a dream journal and therefor might not have a deeper meaning to it. This, and the fact that it is so laid back and random, reminds me of the old masterpiece "Un Chien Andalou".

It's a very nightmare-ish animation film that would please most fans of the bizarre, unless you want explaination to your surrealism.

I suggest that if you are interested in the film after this review, go to his site (www.justincurfman.com) and order it right away, 'cause every cent goes toward his coming full-length project "Ticks".

Positive things:
- Reminescent of films like "Un Chien Andalou", but done with stop-motion animation.
- Not kissing the audience's asses. Never tries too hard.
- There is something about the song at the end of the film. Something haunting, almost. Especially with the way the movie ends.
Negative things:
- Unexplained. It might annoy some.
- Could've used more unique music and noises. Like the end song!

Gore: 0.5/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 0.5/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 1.5/5

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