GFF 2012: Tales of the Night (Michel Ocelot, 2011)

February 12, 2012

This screened as part of the Glasgow Youth Film Festival, directly preceding the main Glasgow Film Festival.

French director Michel Ocelot is perhaps best known for his animated films Kirikou and the Sorceress, that film’s sequel, and Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest. His latest feature Tales of the Night is an anthology film made up of six short allegorical folk tales. Derived from his television series Dragons et princesses, it extracts material from five episodes of that show, in addition to containing a sixth new tale. That root in an established television series is perhaps the film version’s only weakness; its recurring creative framing device for the stories is pleasantly unique, but there is no real elaboration regarding it for anyone unfamiliar with the show it perhaps comes from. Additionally, the film just ends after the final story’s conclusion, not returning to the characters of the framing device for a farewell, as though we will just see them again soon like we might on television. Despite these minor issues, there is very much a lot about this film to recommend…

Full review at Sound on Sight


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