Madelaine sits reading in her parlor, when an unexpected visitor arrives. So begins the surreal narrative of La Petite Mort, a tale of love, betrayal, and one vengeful butterfly. Combining elements of erotica, horror, and dark humour, this film capitalizes on the stiff, artificial movement of paper puppets to create a strange, dream-like world. La Petite Mort was inspired by the Surrealist animations of the Polish and Czech masters Jan Lenica, Walerian Borowyck and Jan Svankmajer, Japanese tentacle erotica, and those strange, middle-of-the-night dreams one sometimes has after spicy food.
Story, artwork and articulated paper puppets created by Jennifer Linton
Stop-motion animation by Carla Veldman
Original musical score by Zev Farber
Directed & edited by Jennifer Linton
This animation was made possible by the financial support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. Copyright ©2013 Papercut Pictures (Jennifer Linton). All rights reserved.
*Official Selection at the Video Art & Experimental Film Festival 2014, New York City. (festival.videoart.net/)
*Official Selection at The Female Eye Film Festival 2014.
*Official Selection (Shorts: “Animation for Adults”) at the Boston Underground Film Festival 2014.bostonunderground.org/ai1ec_event/animation-for-adults/?instance_id=203
*Selection of the Month (October 2013) at Videoart.net, an international curated video-sharing network for video artists and experimental filmmakers video.videoart.net/vlog/?p=2987