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  • Summary: Consuming Spirits 16mm to HD, is an Independent feature animation, chronicling the lives of three characters who live in a rust belt town called Magguson, and work at its local newspaper The Daily Suggester. They are: Gentian Violet 42: Victor Blue 38: and Earl gray 64: first appear to beConsuming Spirits 16mm to HD, is an Independent feature animation, chronicling the lives of three characters who live in a rust belt town called Magguson, and work at its local newspaper The Daily Suggester. They are: Gentian Violet 42: Victor Blue 38: and Earl gray 64: first appear to be acquaintances. But as the film unfolds, we find they have a long diabolical history, revolving around social service intervention, and foster care, romance and hatred. Each character has family secrets to hide, and family secrets to discover. An auto accident one dark and inebriated night, causes a crack in the memory vault of these intimate strangers. By films end all parties walk from the woods, both healed and wounded..enjoy.. Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jan 25, 2013
    100
    Dense like a detailed graphic novel in the Chris Ware or R. Crumb vein, but a real movie in every way, Consuming Spirits is a strange and wormy accomplishment, the sort of personal epic only the most obsessive of cinematic madmen undertake, let alone complete.
  2. Dec 10, 2012
    100
    Not only a monstrous visual achievement, but one of the most uniquely humanistic animated features of all time.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Dec 12, 2012
    100
    It is a work of obsessive artisanal discipline and unfettered artistic vision. You have never seen anything like it.
  4. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Dec 12, 2012
    75
    The connections and the meaning aren't immediately apparent, and viewers are given plenty of time to find their own patterns and invent their own associations. Then, in its final half-hour, it pulls all the threads together, and a breathtaking bigger picture finally comes into focus.
  5. Reviewed by: Omer M. Mozaffar
    Jan 24, 2013
    75
    A slice-of-life film like you have not seen. It is the story of people in a small ordinary town, knowing nothing but their ordinary affairs, revealing their sins and crimes with an ordinary negligence.
  6. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Dec 13, 2012
    75
    Not everyone will be in tune with the movie's sick sense of humor, although it's sometimes hilarious.
  7. Reviewed by: Marsha McCreadie
    Dec 11, 2012
    50
    Consuming Spirits is overlong. A dystopian T.S. Eliot once said, "Humankind cannot bear too much reality," maybe even in a cartoon.

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