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The Monk and the Fish (Le moine et le poisson) (1996)

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A plump and exuberant monk goes fishing, and a playful fish eludes him. First the monk uses a rod and reel, then a net; over and over, he ends up fish-less and wet. Sleepless, he tries luring the fish at night with a bank of candles. He tries a bow and arrow. The tireless and insouciant fish leads the monk through a viaduct, over irrigated steppes, across cisterns, down canals. Suddenly, the monk's chase and the fish's teasing flight become a spiritual journey.
Release date: 8 March 1996
Tags: Comedy (1), France (1), Animation (1), Musical (1), Short (1), Color (1), 6 Min. (1)
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"DIR: Michael Dudok de Wit SUMMARY: A monk becomes obsessed with catching an elusive fish but his escalating attempts to do so ultimately lead to a spiritual revelation. WHY IT'S HERE: 'The Monk and the Fish' is a beautiful little short by the superb Michael Dudok de Wit. A captivatingly enigmatic and appealingly humorous film, 'The Monk and the Fish' follows a monk in his escalating attempts to catch a fish, which leads to the two becoming spiritually intertwined. It's an amazing film, chara"



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