616. Exciting Love Story – Borivoj Dovnikovic-Bordo


SUMMARY: Mickey, a young man, goes on a quest through ever changing landscapes to find his love Gloria.

WHY IT’S HERE: Croatian animator Borivoj Dovnikovic-Bordo’s ‘Exciting Love Story’ is a lovely little film in which the screen in divided up into eight equal rectangles through which the protagonist Mickey must search to find his love, Gloria. Whichever rectangle Mickey happens to be inhabiting at the time comes alive with a different backdrop from idyllic meadows to barren deserts and Mickey must also contend with breaking through, climbing over or tunnelling under the lines of separation. Dovnikovic-Bordo tinkers with his own rules as the short progresses, turning the screen on its side and filling uninhabited boxes with scenery as Gloria seems to be getting closer. The final joyous crumbling of the divisions is the perfect ending.


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