En Tus Brazos

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

POVs

Here is one of the main reasons the short manages to hook viewers, POVs and levels of subjectivity change, mix and even overlap during the film, generating a playful combination of “reality” with the characters’ subjective narration.

The introductory sequence is narrated from the POV of Jorge’s imagination but we only learn that when we see the character watching the photo album. Even at that point, the photos are brought alive ignited by his imagination, combining the subjective narration with a supposedly “realistic” narrative mode.

This device is used throughout the film and helps present one of the strong messages of the movie, Jorge enjoys a tango dance in his imagination, to the point of asking Elba not to stop at the end.

This element of play is also a defining characteristic of tango.

Editing & Continuity

At an average shot length of 3.6 seconds, editing is quite fast and in line with current filmmaking averages. Mostly cuts are used with barely a few fades, something that fits perfectly with the rhythm and movements of tango dancing. Editing is used for building continuity, creating visual rhythm and also for switching between the different POVs and levels of subjectivity, with music helping to weave these different states.

Passage of time also varies, its flow is easier to grasp in the “realistic” narrative than in the internal, psychological one (something which also helps transmit the feeling of the dance).

Image & Iconography

Here we find more significant elements used to transmit sensations to the viewer. The short is filled with sensory images, from the contact of the characters’ bodies (1m38), to the touching of their feet (1m41), to Elba raising her foot over Jorge’s leg (3m15), and most especially in the way the short finishes, with the lines delivered on a black screen, the short effectively transmits vivid images to the senses, submerging viewers into sensuality.

The abundance of close-ups is also used to this end. Creating a climate of intimacy that is typical of the dance.

Mise-en-scène

The film is set in Buenos Aires in the 1920s, and this is reflected both in the characters’ apartment as well as in the stage in which they are dancing. The dance sequences take place in what seems to be a theater stage and following the style of film musicals the staging, background scenery and characters’ performance end up developing choreography and blocking that is aimed at the camera, and that couldn’t be seen by a seated audience.

In this case, some elements are used that can only be accomplished thanks to CG animation, and that would be impossible to recreate on a real stage.

Socio-cultural factors

The local factors in the creation of this short can be easily understood. Such a film could have only been conceived in just a few countries, and in this particular case (France) it can be explained due to a long, shared history of appreciation and cultivation of tango, its dance and musical style. Something which ultimately also speaks of a certain cultural affinity between the two countries.

The universal appeal is something a bit more complex to explain, since each culture will find something different in the film. But it deals with basic human emotions: passion, intimacy and sensuality. Something that will make the blood of most viewers flow.

Conclusion

“En Tus Brazos” uses shifts in subjectivity and a creative mise-en-scène for playful storytelling, together with close-ups (and extreme close-ups), sensory images and visual rhythm to build a climate of intimacy. The film created by the three artists successfully transmits the emotions of the dance, leaving the viewer at the end waking up from the wonderful psychological and emotional trip produced by an experience reminiscent of the dance itself.

 Don’t miss 

Interview – FX Goby on the making of En Tus Brazos


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François-Xavier Goby's site


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Matthieu Landour's site


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Edouard Jouret at LinkedIn


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En Tus Brazos tango song & lyrics - music: Carlos Zárate / lyrics: Marvil


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El Huracán tango song - music: Edgardo & Osvaldo Donato / lyrics: Nolo López

One comment

  • Pablito Greco

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

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