Consuming Spirits


Rated NR

This experimental animation film took 15 years to make, and it innovatively combines stop-motion animation, cutout animation, and collage, but its real artistic treasures are found in its music and story. The images, to be honest, are just plain ugly, but the score is utterly beautiful, and the story—which is a kind of poetic or surreal mystery that involves two families, a mental institution, nuns, a newspaper, and a gardening radio show in a small American town—actually makes sense at the end. If Chris Sullivan’s film were a novel, it would rank up there with Sasha Sokolov’s A School for Fools. (CHARLES MUDEDE)

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