The Gradual Demise of Phillipa Finch
some strange reason (even though there are a few parallels), after
watching The Gradual Demise of Phillipa Finch, I felt like I was
watching Harvie Krumpet for girls. This is not to say that The Gradual
Demise of Phillipa Finch is a bad film, rather it's a very surreal and
emotional roller coaster ride for its character Phillipa Finch, who
definitely has more things going on in her life, besides collecting
strange objects that may be attributed to some mental health glitch. The
story is also beautifully narrated by Australia's very own Toni Collette
who does add a unique quirkiness to the story... not that this story
is not quirky enough!
Never having read the book, Phillipa Finch is based on the wonderful
creation of writer/artist Emma Magenta about an emotionally dead young
woman. After a string of painful relationships and a dead-end and
soulless existence, Phillipa soon realises that the path she has chosen
in life has been quite detrimental towards really living.
This may also
be the reason why her obsessive compulsive nature has required her to
collect strange and unconventional items such as cups, hair and even a
fox to name a few of the strange and obscure items... did I also mention
strange visitations to parallel universes and emotionally scarred realities.
Nonetheless the key to Phillipa Finch is that all these items and
strange people or beings that she meets have an underlining meaning to
them or metaphors to her scarred existence and in order to fulfil her
superfluous yet metaphysical therapy, she must rediscover herself.
after watching this story, I'm still confused about certain elements
about Phillipa's journey but like the outstanding short-film Harvie
Krumpet, The Gradual Demise of Phillipa Finch is a beautiful yet
emotional journey about a woman who rediscovers the world again and
herself. With some amazing animation, decent video and audio quality,
this film is truly a mind f@$K!