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A brilliant story of human corruption within a decaying world
on 22 May 2006
An absolutely stunning animated film which relies heavily on its story rather than its animation. The animation is computer generated, but it was inspired by Croatian stop frame animation. This gives it a unique feel when compared to something done by Pixar. I quite frankly believe that it is better for it. The clunky movements and the lack of lighting adds to image of a decaying world in which humans (the creators) no longer exist, all that is left is mankind's legacy of a dark world inhabited by needless cleaning droids and robotic prostitutes called 'dolls' who with the humans gone have no clients. The plot follows a circular narrative starting with a doll (Malice) who is wishing to become human so that she can feel human emotion, but once she becomes human and passes her gift of life to others through a kiss, she wishes to become robot again as the darker side of our existence is exposed. The gift of life is rather like Pandora's box, once opened evils such as hate, envy, murder and rape are unleashed, but somewhere beneath all the corruption lies hope.
Directed by the gifted Keitaro Motonaga malice@doll serves to paint a bleak picture of humanity, focusing mainly on our greed, jealousy, laziness, and our unquenchable thirst for sexual gratification. It seeks to explore the self which exists deep down inside us, not the mask that we live behind in our day to day lives. But, the real self that exists behind closed doors and holds our worst desires that infest our subconscious, and inturn pollute our very soul, creating our deepest inner conspiracies and contradictions.
Malice@doll is quite frankly an excellent film and it will stay with you. It does require a huge effort from the audience in order to understand everything, being well read in cross-cultural representations of the monstrous feminine will help. But, even if you aren't, give it a go as it is very unique and you probably will never see anything else like it.