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Lily and Jim

USA, 1997 (MIFF 1998, Animation)

Director: Don Hertzfeldt

A quirky and oddly charming short that plays with the overly melodramatic struggles of dating and heartbreak. A blind date between two hopelessly naive, neurotic romantics goes from very bad to much worse. Extremely minimal, the childlike drawings are in themselves amusing to look at. The strength of this film lies in its dialogue. Winning many awards internationally, this film proves that less is more. Look out for the caffeine scene, it's hilarious.

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