420. Ares contre Atlas – Manolo Otero

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SUMMARY: A series of blackly comic scenes from the war between two nations.

WHY IT’S HERE: Manolo Otero’s ‘Ares contre Atlas’ is a brilliant satire on the futility and ridiculousness of war which, in a series of blackout gags, skilfully unearths the humour inherent in the darkest corners of mankind’s nature. The style is reminiscent of satirical newspaper cartoons, with each scene building to a big laugh and ending immediately. Far from being predictable, the laughs are unexpected and often designed specifically to wrongfoot the viewer. While it doesn’t necessarily have any great profound statement to make, ‘Ares contre Atlas’ is one of the most concisely effective depictions of the laughter to be found in the grimmest depths of human nature.

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