This is one of those things that I love so much it causes my heart to swell from the sheer perfection of it. It’s got all of my favorite elements: lovable characters, masterful subtlety and metaphor, wonder, humor, fantasy and charm.
Directed by Italian filmmaker Enrico Casarosa, Pixar’s “La Luna” follows the story of a young boy as he begins work with his father and grandfather. You’re not quite sure what they’re doing until the end, yet you are immediately pulled into their world. There is no recognizable language in the film, either, so it is very much the expressiveness of the young boy – and by contrast, the lack of it from the other two – that carries this story.
By the end, you may be surprised to discover only six minutes have passed; it feels much longer than that. Then again, elegant and delightful things usually do. With not one second of screen-time wasted, “La Luna” proves that storytelling doesn’t have to take the long road to be satisfying.
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