3 Stars
Year Released: 2005
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 12 minutes
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If you’d died in such an embarrassing manner, if you could, would you re-arrange yourself for your family? Such is expressed in the sweet and sad “Mrs. Paruzel”. She finds herself in the kitchen along the floor and drags herself to her bed. Her daughters discover her and confront her death as more of a burden than an actual grievous occasion, but the oldest daughter’s child Cece finds the time to re-connect with the woman she never knew. In its twelve minute mark, we get to see Cece and her grandmother’s spirit confronting death and heaven, and the two basically bond in a series of sweet sequences as they frolic, and eat sugary food and discover what they missed out on in the end.

With gorgeous direction and simplistic writing, director Glac creates a melancholy portrait of a child coming to grips with the death of a person they didn’t really know in their life. Are the sequences of Cece’s conference with her dead grandmother, and the playing in the fields truly her grandmother’s last goodbye, or are they Cece’s ways of connecting with someone she didn’t know through her own imagination. The final heartbreaking scenes will answer your question for you. “Mrs. Peruval” shows how a child can comes to terms with the death of a loved one in a very human way.

Posted on January 18, 2006 in Reviews by

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