501. Oh My Darling – Borge Ring

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SUMMARY: An examination of a young girl’s changing relationship with her parents as she grows up and finds love.

WHY IT’S HERE: Danish animator Borge Ring was a prominent member of the animation team for several high-profile projects of the 60s and 70s, including the Asterix films, ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ and ‘The Smurfs and the Magic Flute’. But it wasn’t until 1978 that he might his directorial debut with the Oscar nominated ‘Oh My Darling’. This personal project was a cut above the work he was doing for other studios and established a distinctive, extraordinarily appealing style that would be used again in Ring’s subsequent shorts ‘Anna & Bella’ and ‘Run of the Mill’. ‘Oh My Darling’ follows the lives of a mum and dad and their little girl. The apple of her father’s eye, the girl is also the victim of a mother who does not want her to grow up. But as she develops and meets a man, the parents cannot stand in her way anymore. But what role do they now play in her life? As with all of Ring’s work, ‘Oh My Darling’ is both deeply moving and enjoyably comic. In a short runtime, Ring manages to draw us into a time frame of a few decades and the final image, of a father caught between his wife and daughter, is a fitting end to a film rich in symbolism.

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