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The Toe Tactic 

Directed by Emily Hubley (Kino)

After a period of mourning and anger, a young woman reconciles herself to her father's death and the sale of her family's home. That's the plot as a whole, but a few non-linear subplots arise as well, such as the protagonist Mona's mysterious temp work. Character, action, scene and animation are collaged in The Toe Tactic, more an expanded short than a feature. Consequently, concern for these characters and engagement with a story is limited. The viewer's too busy making the connections, doing all the work. Your focus wanders from the various animation techniques used to the voices (David Cross for one) to the small roles (John Sayles) to the soundtrack by Yo La Tengo (drummer Georgia Hubley is the filmmaker's sister). Three previous shorts by Emily Hubley are included here, including Octave (2006), which seems to be the basis for this film.

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