Directed by Ignacio Ferreras
Based on Paco Roca's comic of the same title (2008 Spanish National Comic Prize), WRINKLES is a 2D animated feature-length film for an adult audience. Wrinkles portrays the friendship between Emilio and Miguel, two aged gentlemen shut away in a care home. Recent arrival Emilio, in the early stages of Alzheimer, is helped by Miguel and colleagues to avoid ending up on the feared top floor of the care home, also known as the lost causes or "assisted" floor. Their wild plan infuses their otherwise tedious day-to-day with humor and tenderness, because although for some their lives are coming to an end, for them it is just a new beginning.
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★★★★½ review by Cogerson on Letterboxd
Wrinkles really hit home for me in many areas. Before I became a stay at home dad...I used to be a store director for a grocery store chain (Harris Teeter). One of the stores I managed was literally attached to an assisted living home for the elderly. The roof of my store was their garden...complete with a bridge that connected the two buildings. While working there I got to know many of the people living there. Watching Wrinkles reminded me of many of the people I got to know back then.
This movie is probably the most accurate look at an old folks home that I have ever seen in a movie. In this one Emilio's (voiced by Martin Sheen) son can no longer give the care that Emilio needs....so he is sent to a nursing home. Wrinkles will remind you of One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest and Cocoon. Movie is funny, sad, sweet and a little scary....as it is dedicated to all the old people of today and all the old people of tomorrow. Since ultimately our goal is to become the old people of tomorrow....the life shown in Wrinkles is the life some us will have to really live.
The best character in Wrinkles is Miguel (voiced by George Coe...Tom Hanks' father-in-law in Bachelor Party). Miguel is like James Garner's Scrounger part in The Great Escape. Miguel seems to be able to get his hands on anything that is needed. Miguel is the heartbeat of the home and his character is one you will remember. Final thought: This one is somewhat depressing....but it is an awesome movie....and should be checked out.
Random memory: Back when I used to manage that grocery store that I mentioned earlier...we got a call late one night that an electronic shopping cart was in the senior home on the 7th floor. I walked over to the home to get the cart.....on the 7th floor I started to ride the cart back to the elevator.....talk about a spooky feeling....being in a senior home....alone....late at night...riding a electronic cart down the hallway....it was like ghosts were talking to me.
★★★★½ review by Artpig on Letterboxd
Yikes @ashitaka I have no idea rather to thank you for asking me to watch this for almost this entire year or to spit on you.
Wrinkles is one of the most underrated and overlooked films of this decade. If this movie was live action and directed by Truffant or something people would be declaring this like a Criterion Collection staple. I implore you to watch this on Netflix when you can- because this is one of the most unrelenting and dark animated films, or just films I've ever seen in general.
First off, the cinematography in Wrinkles is astounding. I feel like in some more generic animated movies (like lets say something like Emoji Movie) they forget they have to do cinematography because ahh its animation who cares right we aren't using cameras? Wrong. This is a film, and I so appreciated the fact they thought up every shot and every angle and even used a lot of build up and even visual storytelling to get its point across.
Not to mention- the story and the writing itself is just great. This layered screenplay refuses to sugarcoat anything- or give us simple answers. The films story unfolds before you and it for sure got me wrapped up in it and emotionally invested. There's one sequence that without spoiling anything was eerily similar to my car accident and it kinda wrecked me.
This entire film wrecked me. It made me think about my life, and my legacy and how our days are numbered so we need to feel as much as we can while we still remember it and tell someone we love that we love them and do what we are passionate about before its too late.
This is one of those films that will make you lay awake and question your own life, and I can't give a film higher praise then that.
Please seek this movie out and give it a chance on Netflix, just know what you are getting yourself into, an emotional breakdown and view on the overall human condition.
I feel like all fans of cinema need to see this though, its just crafted and told so well I'm shocked it doesn't have more attention then it does.
I loved it, even if it did mess me up.
★★★½ review by The Spork Guy on Letterboxd
A relatively short and overwhelmingly depressing animation about elderlies and their stay at a convalescing home. It focuses on a variety of characters who contain the trademark symptoms of illnesses, including dementia, Alzheimer's, parkinson's and many other unfortunate fates. The story revolves around Emilio, a man in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, as he struggles with denial about the entire thing. He meets a friend in the form of Miguel, the local know it all in the facility. He's also a bit of a con man, using fellow "inmate's" mental aliments to his advantage. Soon, Emilio begins to lose his things, such as his watch, socks, money etc. and of course blames Miguel for this. After Miguel pleads that he had nothing to do with it, and argument leads to their falling out. Emilio begins to show major signs of illness, and once the nurses notice this in a patient, they are sent "upstairs". Which is basically the vegetable ward. Miguel does his best to trick the nurses into either not noticing Emilio's current state, or making them believe he is still just as sharp as ever. This is a great story about friendship and making the best of poor situations. It's a bit disturbing at times, however, all is based in reality. I recommend this film to anyone into animation and coming of age movies. This is also a great film for young people to watch as it raises your tolerance for elders a great deal. Though not as gut-wrenching as "The Plague Dogs", it's one of those animations for sure.
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★★★★ review by André Marques on Letterboxd
A cold and harsh glimpse at the world of our elderly stuck in nursing homes.
The original version is in Spanish. As always i urge you to watch it in its true form and native language. Original is best! With subs you'll get there!
An old man in the early stages of Alzheimer is put in a home to be taken care of. There he is stripped of his humanity and individuality.
Shocked he sees the amount of people just sitting in chairs doing nothing all day. Complete zombies waiting to die, strangers to their families and strangers to themselves...
Making friends and battling his condition he wonders if he will ever get better or if he will end up in the dreaded top floor, where lost cases of people are put in.
The film is made to show how horrible life can be in such a place. A great foreign animated movie i loved to watch!
★★★★ review by The Film Fox on Letterboxd
Having wrinkly balls myself I found I could really relate to these characters.
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