Magazine article Screen International

Rocks in My Pockets

Magazine article Screen International

Rocks in My Pockets

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Dir/scr: Signe Baumane. Latvia-US. 2014. 88mins

The inner demons of animator Signe Baumane are impressively self-evident in Rocks In My Pockets, her debut film that had its world premiere in competition at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival (the first animated film to compete). An enjoyable funny and complex tale of the women in her family and their battles with madness, it is a welcome contrast to modern computer-generated animation, telling and adult tale with dark humour.

Baumane's idiosyncratic voice-over style suits the freewheeling and often surreal animation style.

The film, which has a series of platform openings in the US in early September, is very much a personal journey for Latvian-born filmmaker Baumane, as she tells five rather fantastical stories of women in her family. The animation is a blend of classic hand drawn work and papier-mâché stop-motion - Jan Svankmajer and Bill Plympton have been mentioned as inspiration, and echoes of their style are clear.

In Latvia in the 1920s, Anna, a pretty and educated young woman, falls for an entrepreneur 30 years her senior, but he gets increasingly jealous of her, and he hides Anna away in the forest where she bears him eight children and attempts suicide by standing in a nearby river. …

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