The Ribbon by Polla Ilariya KuzinoShort Film Review

Written and directed by Polla Ilariya Kuzino, The Ribbon is the perfect example of how an expansive imagination can elevate an already beautiful story about illness.

Focusing on a little girl and her colorful imagination, The Ribbon is a metaphor for the constant struggle that terminally ill patients face as they lie on the precipice of life and death. The protagonist is barely five years old as she plays with her make-believe characters in a fantasy land.

As events progress, the story takes a sudden turn for the dark. Our protagonist is inhibited by a ribbon. A narrative, metaphorical chain that won’t let her ride the unicorn to soaring heights. From a writing perspective, this is a devastatingly beautiful idea. The depth, with such intentional, yet not-so direct telling is truly incredible.

Beyond the writing, the animation is just about pure perfection: with an expansive color palette complimenting free flowing movement of characters across the fantasy landscape. Special props to the animators for imbuing a plethora of emotions into every one of the characters, and honestly, ever one of the frames that make this beautiful film up.

At its core, The Ribbon is a representation of hope for a life beyond this mortal shell. As the girl becomes free from the chains of this physical existence and rides into the unknown, one cant help but shed a tear for her struggle that she had to go through every single day in this world.