657. Loves Me… Love Me Not – Jeff Newitt

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SUMMARY: A man overcome by love plucks petals from a flower as part of the traditional ‘loves me, loves me not’ game. But the influence of the flower starts to become deadly.

WHY IT’S HERE: Jeff Newitt’s Aardman short ‘Loves Me… Loves Me Not’ is a funny but also eerily sadistic short in which a man in love plucks petals from a flower. Each time he plucks a petal that represents ‘Loves Me’, everything is fine but when he plucks the ‘Loves Me Not’ petals, the results become increasingly deadly. The terrifically tactile Claymation makes ‘Loves Me… Loves Me Not’ even more gripping and hilarious, as we approach the inevitable but still blackly amusing finale. Another little gem from Aardman, whose growing popularity allowed them to continue churning out oddities of this nature alongside their more commercially popular work.

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