Published May 05, 2009Divided into three sections, with distinctive animation and collage styles and agendas, Swedish short Lies brings to life three very different interviews about the nature of lying, trust and identity. In addition to being captivating and pleasant to the eye, the doc is thought provoking, leaving one to wonder about the nature of gullibility, social anxiety and the nature of expectation. All of this is quite impressive considering that it only lasts for 13 minutes.
The first vignette examines a lie told by a criminal infiltrating a locked office on the weekend by convincing the security guards that he was an employed accountant, while the second details a seemingly innocent fib about a child that finds money and buys his friends gifts with it. These untruths examine the nature of "in the moment" lying for the purpose of immediate self-preservation in a comedic manner, which is wonderfully juxtaposed with the darker nature of the third interview.
This final story details the pains and struggles of a gypsy woman that went through the Swedish foster system, using lying as a mode of self-preservation, assuming that people would automatically reject her if they knew the real her. Issues of constructed identity and insecurities float around, as does the nature of respecting trust. Short animated docs don't get much better than this. (SFI)