"In a busy life, Copi is a father who tries to teach the right way to his son, Paste. But... what is the correct path?"

Alike is a short film directed by Spanish artists Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez about creativity and education. It develops further some of the themes that can be found in Martínez Lara’s previous short Changes, including work, routine and alienation, and incorporates them into the experience of a child, and that of a father and son relationship, where the father tries to teach the right path to his son. Five main characters are used (two unidentified, embodying “the system”), complemented by a crowd of undifferentiated characters.

Situated in a city, the short places an emphasis on staging, introducing playful non-realistic elements and technologically outdated props, while choosing a minimalism reminiscent of theater. A stylized aesthetic is employed, in line with the short Changes, which also featured the character “Copi”, whose previous incarnation was crafted in plasticine by Martínez Lara. Desaturated colors are used to portray the changes in the characters, as well as the alienation of the city, which contrasts with the saturated colors used for the green, small park where the violin player is located and the kid’s drawings, which symbolize creativity.

Many close-ups and medium shots are used to capture the facial expressions and body postures, through which much of the conflict is transmitted, as well as the connection between the father and son characters. Wider shots help describe the city and situations of routine and repetition. Visual rhythm is handled mostly through editing and motion within the frame. Some camera moves are used, including a few dolly-ins that describe emotional displacement.

Highlights of the short include its creative staging, the use of narrative devices such as split screen and choreography to describe the routine and characters’ related struggles, its highly expressive animation and stylized aesthetic. The subjects presented in Alike are ones that will resonate with a wide audience.

Produced by Daniel Martínez Lara and La Fiesta P.C. with the support of Pepe-School-Land, the short is the result of the collaboration between various Spanish artists, with the participation of Pepe-School-Land alumni and artists from other well known studios: co-director Rafael Méndez worked previously at Big Lazy Robot, and Juan José Palomo, who directed the film iDiots and is the head of that studio, shows up in the credits, together with Enrique Gato (Tadeo Jones), among others.

Video about the origins and motivation behind Alike

Making of on Alike's blog

Pepe-School-Land - Martínez Lara's CG school located in Barcelona


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  • Lily Xi

    This summary is handy for me as my class recently did a film analysis on this clip, and the explanation of the colours and shots was beneficial. Thanks!


    I shared this with my Grade 6 class in Vic, Aus. We had an amazing lesson around personal interpretations of the film. The ideas and possibilities were endless. One of the best literacy lessons that I have been involved with. The conversation, the inference, the message, all very powerful! Will definitely use it again.
    Thank you

  • תהילה אלמליח

    A great example, the film reflects on our tendencies to sometimes forget about the main things in life, we sometimes need to break the routine and not be afraid to get out of our routines and our premises.

  • t.c

    The film is simply amazing and gives a subject to think about life

  • נאדיה מחאגנה

    A very moving film. I really loved it.
    Well done.

  • Piotr

    I think it is a very interesting movie.
    It shows how our lives get lost in a coincidence.
    Unfortunately, how much we lose from children’s enthusiasm and joy of life.
    And how adults communicate their behavior to children.

    Sometimes, however, it is worth stopping and thinking over why we are rushing in life.

    This film is a very good inspiration to make a change in life.

  • Karol

    Good job.

    Sometimes we don’t need words to say so much.

    Sometimes so hard to break the rules, we need a lot of strength and courage.

    Despite the differences you and I so alike

    Not every scheme is bad, but you should notice bright colours and do not be afraid to show true colors of life and it’s what matters in it.

  • Magda

    Pooneh, I have some idea why he uses typing machine instead of computer. Probably this show us the common problem we are facing today at work. Many business fail to properly provide their employees with the tools that they need, or simply allow a lack of tools.The reason for this is frequently due to the cost ;0)

  • Magda

    Sad but true. Sometimes we are trapped in a life of routine and someness. And unfortunetly we forget what is the most crucial in our life. The film is really touching and certainly one-of-the-kind. The simplicity of this short is brilliant and knockout ! there is no dialogue but this short said so much without saying anything at all.

  • Alegranza

    Pooneh, if this is the first question that comes to mind after watching such a wonderful film, you may be living in a society that is obsessed with gender. I would worry if I was in your place.

  • Laurent

    I’m not the director but I’ll venture some answers.
    1. Why not? (why should they be?) If you know of strict mandatory rules for art regarding representation of gender please point us to those rules.
    2. Using outdated objects makes the film fun.

  • Pooneh

    An inspiring movie, and ver well made.
    I posted two questions that I am not sure it is published.
    1. Why are all the adult people in the city male in gender ( if you did not want to emphasize on gender why are they not gender neutral?)
    2. Why is the technology outdated? ( why did you not use a computer instead of typing machine?)

  • Hibiscus

    A perfect example of why home schooling is so good…Kids get an education and they get to ‘live’ the joys of life along the way