The Great Malaise
National Film Board of Canada • 5m 22s
Directed by Catherine Lepage • Animation • 2019 • 5 minutes
In the voiceover for this animated short, a young woman attempts to describe herself, casting her life in the ideal light that society expects. The film’s imagery, however, tells a different story, poignantly illustrating the intense anxiety that comes with the quest for perfection and the pursuit of happiness. A film that’s both funny and moving, and above all, profoundly human.
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