What a pleasure to still be moved by a hand-drawn animated film.
Wrinkles (Spanish title: Arrugas), came to my attention when scanning the shortlist of the Best Animated Feature category for the 2012 Oscars.
Unrelated, I received a request to view the film online, just prior to the closing of ballots for the Oscars.
Wrinkles is by far one of the most enjoyable and moving animated films I have seen.
It will still be on my mind when I write my list of best films at year end.
None of the emotion is forced. The characters genuinely feel real, and have an instant like/dislike quality to them.
Emilio is a retired banker suffering the onset of Alzheimers.
His family move him into a nursing home, where, as he struggles to acclimatise to a changing life, he befriends the other residents. Each have their own quirk, their own way of handling the slow journey of their life.
The opening scene of Wrinkles grabbed my attention with its smart use of undercutting a viewer’s expectation. Not everything you see is what you expect.
In the monotonous setting of a retirement home, we begin to understand the escapism and lies the residents endure each day.
All but one scene fails to hit the right chord. A late night journey seems unexpected, a little too improbable, but thankfully doesn’t impact on the overall charm of the film.
Wrinkles is a lovely and rewarding achievement.
The achievement isn’t in the style of animation, but in the emotion of the story.
It is what animation should be. Not reliant on overzealous animation, or catchy production numbers, but driven by a thoughtful and meaningful story with a lead character you care deeply for.
Wrinkles received a nomination for the Best Animated Feature at the ‘Annie Awards’. As well it received a Best Screenplay and Best Animated Film nomination at the ‘Goya Awards’.
At the time of writing this review , it is among the films shortlisted by the Academy for the Best Animated Film category.
Director: Ignacio Ferreras
Spanish with subtitles