The blurb: During a particularly exhilarating massage, a client tries to seduce her married masseur. Through the different rooms of a spa treatment, a game of seduction is established between them. A labyrinth of sensations, bodies, and vapors awaits them, finally able to find each other.
This sumptuous animation depicts the allure and seduction of adultery, though we never see any actual sex. The hugely fleshy characters and the wet, steamy pool location make the whole film an exercise in sensuality. Temptation and fantasy are embodied in mountains of skin and flesh. The sound design is deliberately “squishy” with a real ASMR feel to it.
This is a student film from the French School of New Images (École des Nouvelles Images)
It won the following awards: – Best student short film, 19th World Festival of Animated Film 2022, Varna (Bulgaria) – Best short film, Seattle International Film Festival, Seattle (USA) – Best Director, Viewfest, Turin (Italy) – Best student film, Hamptons International Film Festival, New York (USA) – Best Sound, Subtropical Independent Film Festival (Taiwan) – etc.
Director: Marianne Bergeonneau, Lauriane Montpert, Mélina Mandon, Cloé Peyrebrune, and Elvira Taussac