“A film drawn by SÃ©bastien Laudenbach,” and probably the fewest end credits of any animated feature outside of Bill Plympton. Extremely lovely movie. When characters move across the background, it’ll sometimes smudge or cross out where they’d just been and redraw them in the new location (reminds me of the Caroline Leaf effect), lines will be broken up and stutter across the screen, and colors can be neatly filled in or splashed behind the characters.
Grimm fable, with the devil appearing as a young boy and a red-eyed pig, a river goddess, murders and suicides. Greedy farmer cuts off his daughter’s hands in exchange for dirty devil gold, then she runs off, marries a price who gives her golden hands, then flees from him because of further devilry. The girl proves too pure and resilient and the devil finally leaves her to her family (and miraculously regrown hands).
Voices: the director’s dad Philippe (of a handful of Resnais films) played the devil. The girl and the prince, AnaÃ¯s Demoustier and JÃ©rÃ©mie ElkaÃ¯m, costarred in Marguerite & Julien the year before, and she was Huppert’s daughter in Time of the Wolf.