Do you love animation films too? If you loved Coraline, Corpse Bride, Anomalisa and Fantastic Mr. Fox, you definitely need to watch this new stop-motion animated film entitled The House.
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W (my partner) and I were looking for a movie to watch last Saturday and we chanced upon this animated movie, The House. We are both fond of animated movies, especially if there's a lot to analyze from it. We love looking for clues, for meanings behind the cinematography and the plot itself.
W first suggested this, waiting for my approval. Without looking at its synopsis, I agreed. Animated films are always fun to watch but this one is intriguing.
The House is an anthology, divided into three parts, each can stand alone, however the setting, which is the house, is still the same.
🔴 Take note that this one's not suitable for younger kids as the plot and themes are somehow disturbing.
Story 1 - (refer to the pic in the middle) It's about the family who was visited by their relatives only to be judged by them for living such a low life.
Story 2 - (refer to the left side of the pic) The rat renovator without anything or anyone to rely on but the house.
Story 3 - (refer to the right side of the pic) The cat owner, the land lady, struggling while she's trying to make the house what it once was.
The setting of these three stories are the same - the House itself. The common thing about these three is that the House was all they had.
Have you ever thought of the reality of this? People getting loans for them to have a house they can call their own. People wanting for a bigger and fancier home. Without realizing home is where you're happy and not specifically a place - it could be your own family, your friends, your self.
"I've invested my whole life in this house!"
The characters from these three stories poured their energy in making the House more beautiful, fancier, and as a source of income as if the House can make them whole. Sounds familiar? Maybe you know someone who's really attached to their belongings, to their properties, to their assets that it makes it their priority.
It's sad how focusing in that House snatched the opportunity for them to live a life they value. The House was their foundation, and without it, it seems like the end of the world. It is their most prized-possession.
The only difference here is the third story. The third story is what I liked the most. It's uplifting. I was close to tears when I watched it.
The main character, Rosa, the owner and the landlady, has more than just the House, well- in the first story, they also had more than just the House, they're a family of four but the parents were trapped into thinking that they can provide a better life if their House is big and fancy.
Rosa lived in the House, trying to make it a little better for her to have more tenants and to renovate it into a House she's ever dreamt of. She wants to make it into something she can hang onto while her surroundings are slowly drifting. She almost fell into her own grave, luckily she has her so-called tenants slash friends - her outside support, which in the first part, she finds annoying. The two tenants wanted Rosa to experience and do things instead of focusing in that House.
They hurt her feelings by destroying the house, repurposed it's part to make it into a means of finding a new life, with her friends.
She's been staying in the past, focusing in that House only to drown herself.
"Love your past but travel on"
This is the line I loved the most in this film. We value the past so much that sometimes we forget to move forward.
I love how they associate having a support system in the third story, it made the whole film bittersweet. It reminds us that sometimes, we need a little boat from a friend to make it into the other side.
Still, they can't live without the House. It devoured them.
And I hope we're not the same characters who let a house dictate their lives.
Have you watched this already? It's available on Netflix.
I'll be glad to know your thoughts about this too ❤️
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