The Trenches

Claude Cloutier

7' | 2010 | Canada

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This animated short by Claude Cloutier is a pictorial account of an attack on Canadian soldiers during WWI. On the edge of the battlefield, recruits are dreading the order to attack. At the signal, a young soldier leaps into a hell of fire and blood where the earth engulfs both the living and the dead. Blending archival images and Cloutier’s hypnotizing brushstroke, the film is a dazzling illustration of the futility of war.

Technical info

Original title: La tranchée

Director: Claude Cloutier

Duration: 7'

Year of production: 2010

Category: Animation , Short Film

Nationality: Canada

Production: National Film Board

Movie Rating: Not recommended for children under the age of twelve


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