Skhizein (2008) by Jérémy Clapin.

This is another of my favourite animation shorts of the last few years.  It received a commendation form the Oscar committee that year but it really should have been nominated.  It, in any case, won the audience award at Annecy, the Kodak award at Cannes, and the “best short” at the Manhattan Short Film Festival so to hell with the Oscars!

The film itself is a humorous yet deep meditation on being “beside yourself”, literally.  Clapin says the word derives from the Greek, meaning “to split” or “to cleave”, and shares the same root as the word schizophrenia.

I don’t want to spoil the story but for me it is about alienation, and the loss and loneliness that many of us experience as the contemporary condition. Part two is here.   Enjoy…


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