Film: Harvie Krumpet

Posted on November 30, 2010

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Harvie Krumpet
Directed by Adam Elliot (2003)
jusco’s Rating: ★★★

Three words to describe Adam Elliot‘s (master of clay animation) 22 min and 7 sec film Harvie Krumpet: sardonic and poignant. This Academy Award winning short film follows the title character, a naïve but optimistic Polish who ends up in Australia, and his unlucky life. That is an understatement; he gets struck by lightning, has his testicle removed, is plagued by Tourette’s Syndrome, just to name a few. But one single phrase (Carpe diem) causes him to embrace life despite his unfortunate circumstances (hooray for nudist colonies and chickens!). Crafted in both a humourous and distressing manner – you will laugh one moment then sink back into depression out of sympathy for Harvie – and superbly narrated by Geoffrey Rush, this film will make you smile and want to lead a better life. After all, if Harvie Krumpet can do it, you can too.

Fakt 1034 sums it all up: “Life is like a cigarette. Smoke it to the butt.”

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