2003 Oscar Shorts | Chicago Reader

2003 Oscar Shorts

This year's nominees for best live-action and animated shorts include several interesting works and one genuinely affecting one: The Red Jacket (in German with subtitles) traces the recycling of a dead German's jacket, which ends up in the possession of a boy in Bosnia. Director Florian Baxmeyer counterposes an effective evocation of the chaos of ethnic cleansing with a heartstring-pulling ending that actually works. In Lionel Bailliu's Squash (in French with subtitles) a squash match between a man and his boss serves as a commentary on the brutal one-upmanship of the business world. Adam Elliot's Harvie Krumpet is the appealing Claymation biography of an ordinary man cursed with bad luck. 89 min.

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