Stop-Motion/Drama | 15 mins | German (Germany) | 2015
Written & Directed by: Kai Stänicke
Starring: Susanne Bormann, Andreas Jähnert and Luka Dimic
Torn between a cold relationship with K. and her feelings for another woman, shy and insecure B. is heading for disaster. For too long she has suppressed her desired and lived a lie. But is it really too later for B. to follow her heart?
Why you should watch it:
- Stop-motion puppetry
- Underlying message
A little more insight…
B. should be seen purely for it’s stop-motion puppetry. It’s great when LGBT+ stories are told through non-traditional forms and, if my knowledge serves me right, this is the first short in Boys On Film history to feature puppets.
As with Kai’s other short Golden, B. relies on visuals rather than dialogue to convey the message, which is rather amazing considering the limited emotional range of a puppets face and it had me hooked from the beginning – I was not only intrigued by the style but also where a female-centric short in the collection would lead.
The message and use of ‘Barbie’ dolls revolves around the notion of conformity, whether it is in the way we dress, the way we act or the lifestyle we lead. B. shows the extreme of what such conformity can do to a person’s happiness and sense of identity, but it’s ultimately a fantasy – a what if scenario.
And there’s even fantasy within fantasy scenes – the wedding in particular speaks volumes, so to say.
Though I knew that the twist with K. was coming up, I did not expect it to end how it did and I shall leave you to watch it and realise what I mean.
Things that bugged me:
- There’s something creepy about the male dolls…