Short Animated Film Review: Les lèvres gercées (2018)

In my previous film review, I mentioned that I’m currently on a Netflix break. So upon checking the films on my other go-to (legit) sites, I stumbled on another French film. But this time it’s an animation and drama.

I did a little research but since it’s a French film, I really couldn’t understand all that I read. But I did find out the short animation film was part of the Merlinka Festival. Also known as the International Queer Film Festival Merlinka, this is an annual LGBT-themed film festival which is annually organized in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Podgorica. The Belgrade edition is organized in the Belgrade Youth Center during the second week of December, and it lasts for five days. 

The Synopsis:

Chapped Lips (Les Lèvres Gercées 2018)

5 min | Animation, Drama

In a kitchen, a mother and a child struggle to establish dialogue.

The Review:

Of all the short animation films I watched, I can say that this one is the most powerful. Why? Well, for a few simple reasons.

First, the animation style is a good choice as it was able to set the mood of the entire film. Second, the scenes and dialogues are on point. They’re honest scenes and lines that anyone who is experiencing troubles in life can attest to that. And despite the short running time, Chapped Lips (Les Lèvres Gercées) was able to leave its audience some very thought-provoking questions.

“What happens when I die? Will I be a girl then?”

Yes, Chapped Lips’ (Les Lèvres Gercées) theme is gender identity. The kid (or, maybe teen) in the film has been trying to speak to his mom. He doesn’t know how but the more he tries, the harder it gets. It’s devastating and exhausting.

Besides a judgmental society, family can be insensitive, too. That is why I recommend this film to be watched by young adults and older. They need to realise that their silence over this matter is not a good approach.

It would also be great to educate the younger ones because they, too can be mean and rude to others. But this task falls unto their parents/ guardians hands. Moreover, there are also other issues that need to be addressed early. I hope that besides parents, older siblings, godparents and grandparents help educate the younger ones properly to avoid any unwanted situation which often leads to a sorrowful one.

Since this is only a short film, I hope you find time to watch it, too. You can catch it on FilmDoo.

Chapped Lips (Les Lèvres Gercées 2018) IMDb, 10/10

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