717. T.R.A.N.S.I.T. – Piet Kroon

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SUMMARY: The tragic story of two lovers is told through a series of flashbacks of their exploits in various locations across the world.

WHY IT’S HERE: Piet Kroon’s ‘T.R.A.N.S.I.T.’ is an exquisite, tragic romance which packs an epic tale into just 12 minutes. The story of the illicit and ultimately violent affair between Emmy, the wife of an oil tycoon, and Oscar, a man whose chance encounter with Emmy leads to adultery and murder, ‘T.R.A.N.S.I.T.’ is told backwards, with the story slowly becoming clear with each puzzle piece. The film is split into seven sections, each animated by a different animator and set at a different world destination. The destinations are listed on souvenir stickers on a piece of luggage which becomes a symbol of Emmy and Oscar’s relationship and Kroon uses this device to keep a tight grip on his potentially confusing narrative, zooming in to each sticker as we change destination, with the dwindling amount of stickers on the luggage clueing us in to the fact that the story is in reverse. Although the styles of each sequence subtly change, the overall style is Art Deco, reflecting the 1920s setting of the film. Without dialogue and with a commendable economy of storytelling, Kroon has created a mini-masterpiece in ‘T.R.A.N.S.I.T.’, a beautiful tale of sordid treachery and jealous passions.

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