Josep

2020

Animation / Biography / Drama

35
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 305

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680.08 MB
1280*720
French 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
71 min
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French 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
71 min
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Reviewed by murat-gurler 10 / 10 / 10

Takes you inside the events...

At the beginning of the film, I did not expect that much affection. But when it goes on, film took me inside to the begginning of world war two to a French camp at the Spanish border. Beautiful inspirational story made my day. Fully satisfied my expectation from cinema. Bravo.

Reviewed by guy-bellinger 6 / 10 / 10

Imperfect but interesting

The animated movie 'Josep' must be regarded first and foremost as a sincere tribute paid by one cartoonist to another, the latter dead for a quarter of a century. The first is Aurel (real name Aurélien Froment), press cartoonist for the French newspapers Le Monde and Le Canard Enchaîné. The other is Josep Bartoli (1910-1995), a talented but too little known Catalan Spanish draftsman, whose main work, the cartoon album "La retirada", bears witness to life in a concentration camp (his own and that of his fellow prisoners). A concentration camp ? Eh yes! And a French one at that, erected by a democratic republic whose motto is, let's remember, "Liberty, equality, fraternity". Such was indeed the "asylum" provided to Franco's victims by the French government when, following the fall of the Spanish Republic, they fled to their "brother" country. For sure, if seen only from this angle, Aurel's initiative does inspire respect. By turning Bartoli's drawn work into a feature film, Aurel indeed gives it wider visibility, thus reinforcing the power of its humanist message, a heart-wrenching call for the respect of human dignity, particularly relevant in these troubled times. A prisoner himself, subjected like his fellow citizens to unworthy conditions, malnourished, uncared for, mistreated, humiliated day after day, Josep resisted, and notably thanks to a massive "weapon of survival", an unusual talent for drawing that he put to good use: making sketches of the everyday horror enabled him to endure the ordeals engendered by the situation and at the same time to testify to the ignominy that breeds them. The resulting court of miracles of skinny, sickly, crippled, desperate creatures that he depicts is without appeal, as were those of Jacques Callot or Goya in a more distant past. On the whole, Aurel's film gives us a good enough idea of Bartoli's graphic universe but if you aim to appreciate Bartoli's work at its true value you had better get the album. Because, however commendable it is, "Josep" has his limits. On the passive side, at least in my opinion, the rudimentary animation, far removed from the shock effect produced by Bartoli's drawings, which prevents an unreserved adhesion to the project. Seeing characters progress in successive jolts or hardly move doesn't allow for easy entry into the story, which makes "Josep" inferior to a work like "Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles" and behind masterpieces like "Persepolis" or "Waltz with Bashir". Problematic too are a certain lack of historical explanations as well as gaps in the hero's personal history which, if filled, would have made the whole thing more arresting. A defect particularly compensated for by a great art of putting things into perspective, certainly due to the screenwriter Jean-Louis Milesi. We thus cross five eras, from 1939 to 2020, and the different eras (normal continuity, flash backs and even flash forwards with Frida Kahlo), illuminating each other. All things considered, "Josep" is perhaps, as I said, only half convincing, but half convincing is enough to recommend this film sincere in its approach as well as quite touching. Which is certain that by going to see it you won't waste your time.

Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 6 / 10 / 10

Josep's portrait.

Checking in early October for screenings at the HOME cinema in Manchester, I learnt about the Manchester Animation Festival taking place in November. With the UK having gone back into Lockdown, I was pleased to find the festival would continue online, drawing me to Josep. View on the film: Revealing in a Q&A at the festival that he was originally making a short film, before learning of the real Josep's grandson story led to him changing directions, political cartoonist for newspapers Le Monde and Le Canard Enchaine, director Aurel makes his feature film debut by bringing the rough edges of political drawings to animations. Drawing Josep Bartoli's sketches that Bartoli drew of he and fellow "prisoners" in a French concentration camp,which were later gathered in the the cartoon album "La Retirada." Aurel pens a limited animation style, which whilst capturing the conditions Josep was in via a dour palette, becomes increasingly frustrating. Circling closer to Josep, Aurel's animating style comes off at being at odds with the subject, via the closer the film gets to opening his life,the more withdrawn and limited the expressiveness of Josep becomes. Whilst the appearance of the film lacks colour, the screenplay by Jean-Louis Milesi brings a vibrancy in daring to wipe the varnish away in the treatment of the French state to those fleeing Franco's Spain in 1939. Josep and fellow refugees suffering degrading treatment and starvation from "prison" guards, under the banner of a country claiming to stand for liberty and equality. Talking to his grandson, Josep's discussions allow Milesi to take a enticing fragmented approach to dipping into his harrowing time in the camp,and the glimpses of light in his later life around family,in the life of Josep.

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