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The street

10 minutes

A boy grapples with death while waiting to take over his sick grandmother’s room

‘I wondered if she knew I was waiting for her room.’

Adapted from a semi-autobiographical short story by the Canadian writer Mordecai Richler, the celebrated and Oscar®-nominated film The Street (1976) tells the story of a young boy experiencing his grandmother’s slow death while living in a cramped apartment in a Jewish section of Montreal. With a painted-on-glass animation style that evokes the haziness and shadows of childhood memories, the Canadian-American filmmaker Caroline Leaf lets events from two different years bleed into one another, creating a visually absorbing and deeply relatable film that brilliantly explores the conflicting and sometimes perplexing emotions that accompany the death of an elderly family member.

Director and animator: Caroline Leaf

Website: National Film Board of Canada

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