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Durian was born with his facial expressions opposite to everyone else.The film shows a time span of this little boy growing into a young adult, by displaying milestones in both his real life and his imaginary world.


Yangzi She


Yangzi She
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Credited cast:
Rebecca Davis ... Lina (voice)
Rebecca Davis Rebecca Davis ... Lina (voice)
Reid Miller ... Durian (voice)
Eric Saleh Eric Saleh ... Photographer (voice)


Born with a rare congenital condition, Durian is a young boy with a rather peculiar way of expressing his emotions. To be more specific, when he is happy, he seems sad, and when he wants to smile, he weeps; not to mention the strange word he uses instead of "cheese" when his picture is taken. Under those circumstances, how can one fit in when he is completely misunderstood? Written by Nick Riganas

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Animation | Short | Drama







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16 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Μελιτζάνα See more »

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Spotlight Award - UCLA Film Festival. See more »

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Effective and engaging animation
18 December 2015 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I am not sure I have ever had to process really bad news – I am lucky perhaps, but most deaths have been timely, few accidents have been overly serious, but generally I do find that my reaction to bad news is to have a slight smile. Watching Modern Family recently there was one character who struggled with this too (well, for the purposes of a plot in one episode) and likewise with this short I felt that connection. For me it is probably a denial of the bad news, mixed with disbelief, but for the character in the short it is a total reversal of all normal feelings.

The film explores this in a visually interesting way, with the character taking us through this in moments from present and past. On one hand the film does play like a student animation (ie a bit abstract for the sake of it, almost like it doesn't want 'normals' watching it), but at the same time it takes such a concept and makes it easy to understand. At its heart it is about fitting in (or not fitting in rather), and it does have a solid conclusion to it that does allow the viewer to take away more than just the impression of style. It does of course deliver in that regard too, and it looks great throughout – but it is also nice to see an animation that does this, has an odd concept, and yet also is accessible and easy to connect to.

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