“I’m glad you’re finally ready to tell this story.”
The first semester of my time at college, I took a film history course about Experimental Documentaries, and one of the takeaways from that class is that documentaries can be presented in any form. They are art, like any other film, and unorthodox documentaries can be as effective, if not even more impactful, than traditional documentaries.
The animation aspect is advantageous, primarily because the film is able to immerse you in the environment in ways that a traditional documentary would be unable to do. Due to the nature of Nawabi’s upbringing, there is not much visual documentation of the time in his life he’s telling us about, and so the straightforward documentary format would not really work for the story that Flee wants to tell. I believe the right choice was made in this regard.
Several impressive and stylistic choices are part of what make Flee a fascinating watch. Animated with a low frame rate (one of many brilliant creative choices that make the visuals stand out), this is an emotionally impactful story that I’m glad we are privileged enough to see, and enjoy, as a form of entertainment. [Grade: A+]
Director: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Writers: Jonas Poher Rasmussen and Amin Nawabi
Rated: PG-13 for thematic content, disturbing images and strong language