Paul Thomas Anderson’s new short Netflix film, starring Thom Yorke, is a striking 15-minute ‘one reeler’ piece that will leave a big impression in a short time.
A visual sister piece of Yorke’s album of the same name, Anima tells its story not through dialogue but through mesmerising visuals and choreography. Yorke, our protagonist, follows a mysterious evasive woman through a surreal dreamworld. Including 3 songs off the album’s soundtrack, 3 sequences of chase, struggle and connection.
The Choreography and Cinematography:
The incredible choreography is often extra-terrestrial like, as Yorke and the dancers move a sort of flowing unison as if they are connected to some hive mind. Importantly, Yorke strives to break free to find his love.
His performance, almost Chaplin-like, has much charisma especially for a musician filling an actors shoes. For a one-reeler, Anima has more than its fair share of memorable shots from acclaimed cinematographer, Darius Khondji.
The brooding electronic soundtrack juxtaposes against the silent era style filmmaking which comes together as a beautiful synergy that will stay with you long after the credits roll. The true meaning of Anima may not be clear and therefore up to the viewer, but at 15 minutes, you have nothing to lose but a whole lot to gain.
Is It Worth Watching?
At its core, Anima is best enjoyed with lights off and the sound on loud. If you’re captivated by entrancing visuals and stylistic cinema, Anima will definitely up your street. It’s a feast for the eyes
and the focus on the aesthetic makes almost every second enjoyable and fun. For that reason alone, it’s definitely worth watching even if you’re typically not interested in this style of filmmaking. However, if you’re looking for something with a cohesive narrative and plot, you may have to look elsewhere. Overall, Anima will be one of the more memorable pieces of film you’ll watch this year.