Genre: Art House
Year Released: 2015
Running Time: 7 minutes
Rating/Recommended Audience: G
Related Films/Series: N/A
For Fans Of: Boy and the World, Presence: 5 Haikus for 5 Boros, Angel’s Egg
-Fruit is streaming on Vimeo .
-Fruit has won 9 awards throughout different festivals.
-Fruit won a Vimeo Staff Pick in 2016. I like the art of animation.
I find it to be underrated in cinema as people are only used to the typical mainstream suspects. You know who the companies are, so there’s no need to repeat myself. I went to the animation department on Vimeo and checked out this little film from the Russian-born and German-based animator Gerhard Funk.
Fruit is an experimental animated piece with no dialogue. This is an interpretation of a creation story with the birth of the world and the creation of civilization done in abstract ways. However, this was an extension of Genesis as it delves into the development and schism of civilization itself. Wow, I was really impressed by the animation over here. The surrealistic take on the creation story was entirely creative. The only colors used are black, white, and red throughout the entirety of the film. For me, I feel that tricolor of hues represent that only colors that a baby can identify as they’re going through development and that could be reflecting on the world developing itself. There were some creative shots with the water dripping upward or the water drops becoming inverted while roots are growing. Another creative scene is when the humans eat the forbidden fruit only to reveal a giant eye in the background watching them. Big props to Gerhard Funk for making this wonderful piece of animation.
There are a few issues with Fruit though. For starters, the creation overtones aren’t subtle and the fact that the movie kicks off with a Bible verse from 1st Corinthians could turn some people off. I’ve handled some weirder films such as Fantastic Planet or Boy and the World, but the average person can be too weirded like how the humans have no eyes, mouths, noses, or eyes, and they resemble wine glasses. The ending can be confusing for the average viewer as well even though there’s not a linear story despite obvious storyline overtones in Fruit.
Fruit was an enjoyable watch and I’m glad I checked it out. The animation quality is extremely innovative and unique. The interpretation of events like the forbidden fruit and the Tower of Babel. The percussion heavy soundtrack was very avant-garde, yet still had a great sense of melody going on. Fruit isn’t something for everyone as some parts were too obvious and some parts would be too surreal for others. Still a worthy watch though.
Adjustable Point System:
Add 1 point if you like experimental animation.
Subtract 1-2 points if you don’t like Biblical imagery.
-Creative innovative animation
-Nice metaphors with the split of civilization
-Can be too abstract
-Religious imagery could turn off some viewers
-Some parts aren’t that clever in the presentation
Final Score: 8/10 points
Content Warning: Fruit is a safe animation. Some of the imagery is weird which not everyone would get. There can be an interpretation for the red water being blood, but there are no blues throughout this film.
All photos property of their respective owners and used under US “Fair Use” laws. Fruit belongs to Gerhard Funk. The image used is owned by Gerhard Funk.