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Written and Directed by
Javier Recio Gracia
Running Time
8 Mins.

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 "The Lady and the Reaper" Review 

Antonio Banderas produced this 8-minute short film written and directed by Javier Recio Gracia about a bereaved elderly dame who one night receives a visit from the Grim Reaper himself. What follows is a darkly humorous battle between the Grim Reaper and a very human doctor determined to save the woman's life. The film's color palette arguably makes the film the most beautiful of this year's Oscar nominees, and Gracia reaches deep inside Chicano art in music, theme and color.  At a mere 8 minutes, The Lady and the Reaper moves quickly and nicely blends morbidity and humor into a vibrant, CG-animated short.

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