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An army of small, all identical, angular characters invades a harmless town and wages a war against everything that is different or bears colour. Residents are imprisoned; a decorative building becomes a guard tower; the cock at the top of a dome is pulled down and replaced with a raven. The population of the town is systematically terrorized until a child, a little girl with her watering can, cultivates a lone, resilient flower in her garden. The flower gives rise to a jester who counterattacks. Alongside them an artist with his paintbrush also fights back. Soon resistance grows and the seed proves to be mightier than the sword. Iconic symbolism within the film worth pointing to: a balloon is converted into a ball and chain: mirrors the town's spiritual and physical captivity trees are transformed into gallows: represents the interrelation between life and unnatural death in times of war flowers emerging from the barrel of a rifle: reflects restoration of peace and gesture of renewed humanity seed/flower/jester: reflects joy of life and peace identical soldier characters: imposed uniformity in war little girl: peace begins in the minds of children artist: the role and powerful influence of art in promoting peace
Sources: Raoul Servais: A Painter Filmmaker's Journey (Philippe Moins, Jan Temmerman, 1999), strictly film school http://filmref.com/notes/archives/raoul_servais, the AWN showcase http://showcase.awn.com/showphoto.php?photo=155&cat=516