A guy keeps getting painfully rejected (bodily harm) when he asks girls out.
Why is my love life on YouTube?
Running for a short five minutes, Don Hertzfeldt's debut is something extreme, so precise and exactly necessary as it is. It has a rather simple premise: a man walking down the street and trying to charm women who he would like to date. Each has a different, hilarious, flawless reaction and each completely destroys the man, literally. By the end, though, he reaches a climax and changes his approach completely, making quite a strange comment. Will he finally conquer a woman?
Just imagine that the animator is improvising, on paper, how he'd approach the girls from his college in order to 'get' 'em or just grab their attention. But in real life, no matter what he does he just can't do it and ends up getting severely heart-broken (Even a simple 'Hello' does no good). He vents his frustration through this 2-minute dark comedy and stages how awful the girls make him feel after getting a rejection. A very inventive short that shouts out Don Hertzfeldt's potential.
Pretty standard and simple concept for this short animated film. It carries Hertzfeldt's normal sense of twisted humor and for being his first film it shows the kind of success he will gain later on with the medium and the signature style of stick figure animation.
While it does harshly remain in a man's point of view and even pokes fun at the common phrases women use it perhaps could be taken universally as the painful road one takes to find true love. Some of the violence depicted was funny because it takes harmful analogies literally such as ripped the heart right out of my chest or biting my head off. It was enjoyable to watch but too simple in its execution and became repetitive for only a two minute film.
Hertzfeldt makes his first painfully hilarious short, this time displaying in two brief shocking minutes, through exaggerated means, the true nature of a heart that has just been rejected love. Boy, oh boy, who hasn't gone through that? We DEPEND on women...
Don Hertzfeldt's first student film is hilariously twisted in its jabs at materialistic woman.
How is love? Nonsense? Material? Dangerous? Something to think/not think about depending on your happiness/age/situation/personality/whatever?
One thing is clear, love yourself before you love someone. Don't try and try and try until you do accions that doesn't come from you.
I decided to watch all of Don Hertzfeldt's films in order, so this was my introduction to his work. Honestly, this didn't make a great first impression on me. I want to say that this is poking fun at a certain type of misogyny, but if that's the case, the message is far too muddled to be effective. As someone who considers himself a feminist, this irked me. It doesn't help that, even with a runtime of only two minutes, this feels pretty repetitive. Overall, Ah, L'Amour works as an introduction to Hertzfeldt's style of animation, but not as anything more than that.
thoughts half a minute in: ♫teenage dreams in a teenage circus♫, oh gosh, this is so perfectly identifiable as misogynistic teen angst
thoughts two minutes in: this may be the most hateful film i've ever seen in my life
Can't really tell if this is just a dumb joke or making fun of the sort of dumb attitude that leads to such jokes, but in any case: It's cool to see the beginning's of Hertzfeldt's style, but this is very much a piece of juvenilia. Really repetitive, even at 2 minutes.
don hertzfeldt, mra
Interestingly cynical haha
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