Madame Tutli-Putli (2007)

In this stop-motion animated short, a woman takes a night train into the unknown with all her worldly possessions.

Madame Tutli-Putli finds herself sharing a train car with two men sitting in suitcases, playing chess, a boy and his grandfather and a man, a tennis player, who makes it know what he wants from her in the lewdest way. As she tries to keep herself occupied by writing a letter, the train stops. She is wary as her fellow passengers slumber, making them all easy targets for a sinister threat she hears entering the train. Ghoulish organ thieves descend, and Madame Tutli-Putli makes her escape through the train cars, hoping to find a way out.

Madame Tutli-Putli is a surreal journey, leaving reality just out of reach. With intricate details and gorgeous imagery, the 17-minute film was directed by Canadian Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, won two prizes at Cannes in 2007, and was nominated for an Oscar in 2008.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette

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Animated Stories, Oscars

Canadian connection

Directed by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski
Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski went on to open a stop-motion animation studio, Clyde Henry Studios, in Montreal.