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'Rocks in My Pocket' hard-hitting but flawed
'Rocks in My Pocket' hard-hitting but flawed

Signe Baumane's independent feature "Rocks in My Pockets" blends two disparate animation traditions: the brooding moodiness of the Soviet-era Eastern European films and the autobiographical themes of many American shorts. Baumane combines drawn animation, three-dimensional sets and stop-motion puppets to recount how three generations of intelligent, educated women in her family struggled with depression, possible schizophrenia and suicide. Twice, neighbors found her paternal grandmother, Anna, floundering in the shallow river near her home in the Latvian forest. Despite her obvious vigor, Anna's premature death at 50 was ascribed to a mysterious heart problem. Two of...

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