Eye For Film >> Movies >> The Gift (2005) Film Review
Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson
Animation is all about style – if you can find something distinctive you’re on to a winner.
Jessica Langford has style by the bucketload. By using sand to animate her story she gives it a fluid, impressionistic feel, perfectly suited to her fable about a girl who meets a sea king beneath the waves, only for time to play a trick on her.
Like fellow Scotland-based animator Selina Cobley, Langford has taken folk myths – in this case Orkadian and Japanese – and crafted them together to create a distinctive narrative brimming with imagination.
The grains give texture to her tale, which – in good storytelling tradition – is bittersweet.
Mention must also be made of composer Sally Beamish, who previously scored the excellent No Man's Land and comes up trumps again here.
More from both of you, please.Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2007