Director: Milorad Krstic
Story: Milorad Krstic
Author: Eméfa Tsikata
Cast: Iván Kamrás, Gabriella Hámori, Zalán Makranczi, Katalin Dombi, Henry Grant, Peter Linka,
Ruben Brandt, Collector is an Independent animated film that takes the art of animation to another level. the story follows Ruben Brandt, a psychotherapist (voiced by Iván Kamarás) who runs an art therapy institute famous for treating those with “artistic souls”, but he has a secret. Brandt is also sick and in need of treatment, every night he is haunted by violent dreams featuring prominent pieces of western art.
From the black cat in Manets “Olympia” sinking its teeth into his face to the haunting whistles of Frank Duveneck’s whistling boy. Brandts nightmares get more chilling and start to manifest physically, but are these nightmares real? With the help of a group of his patients, Ruben Brandt must have a taste of his own medicine to cure himself of his “episodes”.
As director Milorad Krstic’s maiden feature, he really pushes the envelope and has created a piece of art to behold. It certainly is not a children’s film and has a more “alternative” feel as opposed to a mystical one, but if you’re a fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away”, you will definitely appreciate the artistry.
The animation truly is testament to the story as each frame resembles a moving piece of art, art buffs will have a field day seeing prominent works of art inserted in the film in very creative ways. There is a shot of a pond for example and immediately Monet’s work comes to mind. This mixture of art, truly is something special but isn’t so overwhelming that it puts those with limited knowledge of art off.
It is clear that the animation was a priority and as a result the story suffered a little bit. Some elements are a little predictable and the story raises more questions than it does answers.
The voice actors do a great job in bringing each character to life. From the seductive acrobatic burglar “Mimi” played by Gabriella Hámori to the multi-dimensional private detective “Marina” played by Katalin Dombi, it’s difficult to ignore how truly out of the ordinary each individual character is, and the voice act is a huge part of that.
Another interesting fact about the voice acting, is that multiple actors were used to voice one character to give their voice a unique richness.
In all, this is more than just an animation, but an experience everyone should enjoy at least once.