The Oscar Project Reviews
It's rare that I watch an animated film, especially a short film with a unique animation style, that doesn't land with me. Navozande is the rare exception.
Don't get me wrong, I love the animation style of this film, but just didn't connect with the story being told. I get that there is some long lost love trying to be recaptured, but it feels like the actual plot, or what little there is, takes too long to develop.
If not for the animation in this short film, I would rate it much lower. But the animation is beautiful in its simplicity. The images feel like they are a classic tapestry or parchment drawing come to life. That's what makes it even more frustrating for me. Because I loved the animation so much, I wanted more out of the film and was disappointed by the story connected with the images.
I was not surprised to see director Reza Riahi's name attached to a previous animated film about this part of the world, the Oscar nominated feature from 2017, The Breadwinner. I remember this film connecting with me a bit more, perhaps because of a more modern subject, but I hope that Riahi will continue to craft animated stories like this. He has promise and his art style is there, I just think he needs to refine his directorial approach a bit.
6 out of 10