Friday, March 29, 2013

Recruit Rhapsody

It's rough being on the job market, and this animation by Tokyo University of the Arts student Maho Yoshida wonderfully captures the endless frantic cycles of anxiety and aspiration associated with the process of job hunting. I wasn't fully hooked on the film within the first 90 seconds, but after that, it really takes off. The animation style is pretty amazing: desperate go-getters contort their bodies into all kinds of alarming attitudes and traditionally staged scenes with conventional lines of perspective suddenly shift to mirror the protagonist's state of mind as she tries to join the corporate ranks. It's all really stunning. As a spoiler alert, the film concludes with a text or email message sent to the protagonist: I don't know Japanese, but I think it says she didn't get the job.

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