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Kaspar (Inspired by the Life of Kaspar Hauser) ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB556662
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Marc Bertrand, René Chénier
Directors:  Diane Obomsawin
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Animation, Diversity, Family Studies/Home Economics, Health and Medicine, Religious Studies
Language:  French
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2012
Running Time:  8:23

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Isolated in a dark cave for as long as he can remember, with only a small wooden horse to keep him company, Kaspar knows nothing about life. When the “man in black” comes to get him, Kaspar is suddenly thrust out into the wide world for the very first time. Its bright, blinding light both frightens and intrigues him. This touchingly fragile young man reacts vividly to all that surrounds him. The white colour of the snow bites his hands; lightning flashes feel like needles in his eyes.  Kaspar is intrigued by everything: the rain, trees, sounds, and he talks about how his life has changed. Animator Diane Obomsawin offers us an impressionistic fable based on the story of Kaspar Hauser, the famous 19th century orphan who has inspired countless artists. A poetic tale infused with sadness and uncertainty, Kaspar is about the fascinating discovery of a world that is both magnificent and terrifying.

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