Director : Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein
Story : Five identical man, who are only differentiated by various numbers drawn on their backs, stand together on a floating platform. The can only move in sincron as to always keep the balance. Everything goes smoothly until one of them fishes out a heavy trunk from beyond under, now everyone wants the box for themselves, but balance can’t be kept this way.
What I Liked :
– that’s gonna be a funny statement, but those figures looked like mini Voldemorts in hell, I just couldn’t stop making allegories with him in my head
– the animation is a nice little metaphor for our existence, and the Lauenstein brothers managed to transpose this idea in a very minimalistic manner which makes more than easy for everybody to understand it
– well as I said, it’s a great social commentary, the more you think about the more new ideas and angles to understand it pops in your head, at one moment I started examining it from the perspective of group dynamics
What I Didn’t Like :
– everywhere I read about this the same words were always listed next to its title : surreal, genius, dark, satirical, perfect, powerful and so on; don’t get me wrong it is a great animated short, but the fact that I hadn’t read one negative thing about it put me off a bit, especially since it didn’t manage to captivate me that much; what I’m trying to say is I think it’s loved more on the social pages than in reality.
Interesting facts :
– The climactic “balancing platform” sequence from National Treasure: Book of Secrets was directly inspired by “Balance”, which is mentioned in its credits. (Wikipedia)
– Nine acclaimed directors (or directing teams) were given a different track from The Breathtaking Blue, Alphaville’s album and asked to make a short movie inspired by the song; Christoph & Wolfgang Lauensteain’s video for “Middle of the Riddle” was later retitled Balance and won the 1989 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film (albeit with different music). (Wikipedia)
Final Note :
3 out of 4