En Tus Brazos

"Passion, intimacy and sensuality. The very first CG animated short about tango offers an immersive experience."

“I want to look straight at God,
even if I’m bitten by pain,
even if it costs me my life.”
En Tus Brazos (In Your Arms)

Using two characters and creative staging this short narrates a story of tragic beauty to the rhythm of well-known tangos. The film has an Argentine flavor, yet it wasn’t produced at the margins of the Río de la Plata: it was created by three French artists, François-Xavier Goby, Edouard Jouret and Matthieu Landour at animation school Supinfocom Valenciennes. The three artists have created a short that stirs the emotions of people around the world (and especially of “milongueros”).

The idea for the script came from a trip I made to South America, and to Argentina in particular.

Analysis: First Look

Filled with music and presenting a strong initial paradox (a dancer who can’t stand on his feet) the short hooks the viewer through playful narration and potent transmission of emotions, passion, intimacy and sensuality. In essence, it successfully transmits many of the feelings of dancing tango.

It’s the authenticity of these feelings that allows one to sense that the choice of subject for the film is far from accidental, that one or more of the authors know very well the experience portrayed in the film.

We’ll be taking a look at the tools used by the filmmakers to accomplish their task. Let’s begin!

Shot Types and Camera Elements

Full shots, close-ups and wide shots are most used in the film. Full shots help cover the action of the dancing characters and wide shots are used to capture the entire stage. Close-ups are put to great use, both to capture details from the dancing as well as to show the characters’ expressions and create an atmosphere of intimacy, which is common in the dance. Some extreme close-ups are also used for this purpose.

Camera Moves

Camera moves abound in the short, including use of dollys, pans, and crane shots. The function of these moves vary, they’re used for linking elements (the album sequence at 0m30), revealing a scene, giving visual rhythm, indicating psychological displacement (the Elba character looking at the framed photo at 1m07), following the action (Elba raising her foot through Jorge’s leg while dancing at 3m15) or producing a reversal of roles (through camera roll at 3m54).

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  • Pablito Greco

    The film is an artistic masterpiece, and it offers through an unparalleled story numerous of sentimental connections with the audience. Amazing.