An absolutely awesome must-see cinema movie [Animation Is Film Festival 2021]
To flee is a masterpiece of human storytelling. A movie will come from time to time that reminds us why we love cinema. It has the potential to make you laugh, cry, and sit on the edge of your seat. To flee makes you feel all these emotions and more. It’s unique and unabashedly authentic in the way it tackles an important LGBTQ narrative about the true meaning of home.
“Flee” tells a pivotal story
To flee is an animated documentary, which places it in a specific niche. Amin has finally come to a point in his life where he feels comfortable enough to tell his story. He’s about to marry the love of his life, which has forced him to fully open up about his journeys to his friend that have brought him to where he is today.
Amin is currently 36 years old and has been successful in his college career. He arrived in Denmark as an unaccompanied gay minor from Afghanistan. Amin’s story explores his intersectionality and impact on his past, present, and impact on his future.
Nonlinear storytelling emphasizes the past, the present, and hope for the future
To flee begins in the present as Amin prepares to tell his story. The rest of the film is told in a non-linear fashion. He jumps back and forth, which provides a stark contrast between the past and the present. To flee shows how far Amin has come, but also how the scars of his past have affected his relationships, friendships and his state of mind over the years.
To flee is a carefully crafted documentary, but it avoids talking heads. The animated format allows the story to come to life visually for the audience. Every place he flees has new roadblocks and new dangers. However, themes of family, survival, home and identity come to the fore and are constantly intertwined.
However, this is more than a story. To flee is an examination of the bright and dark sides of humanity. Human kindness is rare, but it is extraordinary when it presents itself. It shapes Amin’s journey just as much as the darkness, but it is the light that Amin holds close to his heart.
“Flee” is the best film of the year
Many stories from LGBTQ movies can, unfortunately, turn into traumatic porn. To flee tells a tragic reality for many LGBTQ people, but without sinking into exploitation. To flee is just as much a celebration of identity and love. It’s told in such a dynamic way that it arouses a wave of emotions.
The entertainment is magnificent. Color and shape are used to play with the idea of ââmemory. It’s playful at times, as the handsome men in the media wink at Amin. This is a subtle yet precise visual trick that successfully communicates what it feels like to be a young gay who gets it right. Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen has created a stellar flow that allows the animation and the story to elevate each other.
To flee is monumental moving and triumphantly authentic. It’s so honestly human in the way he tells Amin’s story. He will make you cry with sadness and joy during his 90 minutes of running. To flee is the best and most powerful film of the year.
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