I'm not quite sure what to make of this. At least I'm being honest. Maybe a second viewing will make me see things clearer. The last few minutes were extremely puzzling. But don't be misled; I liked it.
This is another bizarre and riveting stop-action animated short from the National Film Board of Canada, which has put out some really interesting material in recent years.
"Madame Tutli-Putli" is not a humorous story, although you might get a few chuckles in the 17 minutes. It's mostly a haunting tale of a waif-like woman on a Canadian night train with all her earthly possessions and a cabin full a strange people. It must take place in the 1920s or early '30s because the woman wore one of the "Flapper" hats.
Anyway, without giving more away, the story gets tense and then gets downright scary. Is the woman going to be attacked by outside strangers who mysteriously board the train or is it all a fantasy by this troubled woman? I liked the music score in here, and was glad to read some other reviewers here felt the same way. It's easy to get wrapped up in the amazing visuals and the story and overlook this cool music.
"Madame Tutli-Putli" was nominated in 2008 for an Oscar. It didn't win, but just being nominated tells you it is definitely worth a look. But, beware: it's not "for all tastes," as the cliché goes. I saw it on the Blu-Ray "Animated Express" DVD which showed off the artwork to the max.
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