Blu-Ray Rating: ****

Reviewed by: Jennie Kermode

Read Jennie Kermode's film review of Stopmotion

Perhaps unsurprisingly given its subject, there's a wealth of detail in Stopmotion, and there are also a number of ways in which it can be interpreted, both of which make it a film you'll want to watch multiple times. Some film fans fall in love with everything made using stop-motion techniques, of course, so for them, buying this will be a no-brainer, and they'll be pleased to know that it has some decent extras to offer. Appropriately, though short, they're nicely made.

The first is an interview with star Aisling Franciosi, whose remarkable talent, demonstrated here and elsewhere, means that her star is likely to keep on rising - even if, as she says here, her preference is for small, independent projects with first time feature directors who have a lot of creative freedom. A notably cheerful, open sort of person, in stark contrast to the characters she plays, she talks eagerly about a filmmaking progress that she clearly really enjoyed, and she's also very informative.

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This is the perfect complement to the subsequent interview, with director Robert Morgan. There is little repetition yet each interview sheds light on the other. he's from a stop-motion animation background, so he reflects on the differences between making a film that way and shooting live action, bringing up more interesting points than you might expect.

Neither of these interviews gives away much of the plot, so if you want to, it's safe to watch them before you've seen the film. The behind the scenes footage does include material captured during the making of some key scenes, but given the surreal nature of the film, it doesn't deliver and serious spoilers. With no particular organisation and no narration, it's a bit of a hodgepodge, but it has its interesting moments, and a charming one with Franciosi right at the end.

The menu here is not the smoothest to operate, but neither does it pose any major problems. It offers the option of watching with subtitles.

Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2024
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About a stop-motion animator struggling to control her demons after the loss of her overbearing mother.

Product Code: B0D4QN3QHN

Region: 0

Extras: Interview with star Aisling Franciosi; interview with director Robert Morgan; behind the scenes footage, subtitles.

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