Cafard full movie review - Brave Little Belgians Make Animated Feature
At the outbreak of World War I, Jean Mordant, Belgian wrestling champ, his manager/trainer and his young nephew, all eager to fight the Germans, sign up in a Belgian armored vehicle unit.
Cafard is a Belgian motion capture animated feature, which looks terrific. Even though the computer animation seems a few renderings away from being finished, that roughness fits well with its subject matter and it looks like no other animated feature I can think of. It also has a heart for the little soldiers in a Great War, and achieves a sense of true epic adventure as their quest takes the men literally around the world.
With all this going for it, it's a pity the makers couldn't have started from a better screenplay. At times the story moves in leaps and bounds, skipping over important events, having character developments that seem to come out of nowhere, and failing to elucidate the historical context; at other times the movie goes too slow, its pace almost grinding to a halt.
It's a shame, because you get the feeling that with a few rewrites, or perhaps even a different edit, Cafard could have been so much better. I really wanted to like this movie better than I ended up doing.