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Balance (1989)

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The setting is on a floating platform where a group of evenly and carefully placed men live. Each man is aware that the platform is not stable and, in order not to fall to their deaths, they maintain a careful balance of weight to prevent the platform from tipping too far and cause them all to fall. This reasonably harmonious understanding is lost when one man pulls up a heavy trunk. In the ensuing struggle, balance is lost in more than one sense.
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"DIR: Wolfgang Laurenstein, Christoph Laurenstein SUMMARY: The natural balance of a tiny society of identical men on an unstable platform is disrupted when one of them drags a large, heavy box into their world. WHY IT'S HERE: German animators Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein's 'Balance' is a hauntingly superb stop-motion short which tells the cautionary tale of a group of thin, bald men who help each other maintain the balance of the shifting platform then live on by moving cooperatively acc"



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