Tsumiki no Ie

La Maison en Petits Cubes

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Synonyms: The House of Small Cubes
Japanese: つみきのいえ
English: La Maison en Petits Cubes
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 10, 2008
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Oh! Production
Source: Original
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, DramaDrama
Duration: 12 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 8.011 (scored by 5302353,023 users)
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Ranked: #5972
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Popularity: #2070
Members: 95,416
Favorites: 472

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In a flooded town where the waters are ever-rising, an old man must constantly build new floors onto his home in order to keep dry. But when his favorite smoking pipe falls into the watery abyss beneath him, he dives into the depths of not only his house, but memories of years past.

Tsumiki no Ie is a short film about the everlasting effect of time on one's life—how it can swallow the past entirely, and how one must learn to continue moving forward despite what has already happened.

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In 2008, Tsumiki no Ie won multiple awards, including the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and the Annecy Cristal prize for short films. The film also won prizes at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival and the Japan Media Arts Festival.

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Katou, Kunio
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Mar 30, 2023
From the moment I started watching, I was captivated by the amazing artstyle, animation, and overall vibe that the anime exuded. The message that this anime conveys is truly beautiful, and I believe it is a work of genius that is worthy of attention from anyone who appreciates good storytelling.

The fact that the anime manages to convey so much in just 12 minutes is truly astounding. Katou Kunio has done an exceptional job of delving deep into the theme of loneliness and how memories can serve as a lifeline to those who are struggling to find purpose in their lives. The symbols and metaphors used ...
Jul 3, 2021
Look at it, what do you see first?

Whenever something short comes along, it is usually of no use to create an elaborate story in such a short span of time, that isn't to say that they are doomed to be consistently flawed, for there is another aspect to the taken in.


In short movies as such, presentation is pretty much the only factor to worry about, since stories within each genre usually play out somewhat similarly, with the only difference being how they are physically made. Compare the titles, "La Maison en Petits Cubes", "Furiko"/"Pendulum", "Shelter". They are all of the same tree, yet look nothing ...
Jan 25, 2018
Unlike most of the other reviewers who pissed themselves stupid with some notion that this is a masterpiece of some metaphorical/philosophical greatness. It's not. There I said it, it is really a waste of 12ish minutes of your life. If you're a student of art definitely watch it, or if you're like me and "like art but nah not my bag", then don't waste your time.

Pros: Artsy, nothing else.

Cons: Bad music, no acceptable lines of speech, non-interesting or intriguing characters, story has little to no substance.

If there was some story attesting to how this world became flooded and why does it keep rising, or interaction ...

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