In his first film, Jean-François Lévesque explores the moment when a character rescues his forgotten dreams.
Animating in stop motion with 2D animation to appear as cardboard cut outs, the film was produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The mixed techniques are spot on to show the feel of the hamster-wheel work environment.
“A mixture of puppet and hand-drawn animation, The Necktie is the story of Valentin and his quest to find meaning in his life. Stuck in a dead-end job, he has forgotten all about the things that used to bring him joy. Years pass, and boredom replaces all his aspirations and hope for the future. It is only on his 40th birthday, when he rediscovers an old accordion hidden in the depths of his closet, that he regains his lust for life.”
So…do you remember where your accordion is?