Part of Short Cuts Canada Programme 6 is the charming Me and My Moulton. This animation by Torill Kove features a young girl from an unconventional family who longs for normalcy. Kove reveals to Toronto Film Scene how she relates strongly to the main character, and the experiences she had with her own family growing up.
Describe your film in 10 words or less.
A sensitive child bottles up feelings about her unconventional parents.
What inspired you to make this film?
The idea is rooted in a desire to make an homage to my parents and my sisters – my family. At the same time I wanted to say something about the imperfection of most families and about the difficulty in communicating freely and honestly with the people we love the most.
What was the best thing about production? Most frustrating?
The best was everything. The most frustrating was finishing and letting it go. I never really want to finish. My daughter is still working on it, going through it frame by frame and suggesting things I could have done differently, or better. Next time I’m putting her on payroll.
What’s the one thing you want people to know about your film?
That Moulton is a metaphor and the film is not about a bike. I guess that’s two things.
How do your own childhood experiences compare to the girls in your film? Did you have unconventional parents or did you long for a break from tradition?
Well, let’s put it this way: A couple in my parents’ circle of friends were nudists and my parents talked about this nudist family as the coolest thing in the world. I remember being horrified at the thought of us trying this out. They never did, but it was not unthinkable that they might have. So, yes, my parents were pretty unconventional, but also quite safely within the boundaries of “normal”. When we got older my parents’ house rule no. 1 was: Do what you want as long as you’re home for supper at 5. That’s both very weird and very conventional.
Your film is screening as part of TIFF — what are you most excited about seeing or doing at this year’s festival.
I am of course very excited about the two screenings of Me and My Moulton and feel very privileged to be able to show my film to the TIFF audience. But I am also very excited about seeing lots of films, as many as I can squeeze in three days.
Me and My Moulton screens as part of Short Cuts Canada Programme 6 at TIFF 2014. Check the TIFF website for more details.