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| 12 min

Flawed is nothing less than a beautiful gift from Andrea Dorfman's vivid imagination, a charming little film about very big ideas. Dorfman has the uncanny ability to transform the intensely personal into the wisely universal. She deftly traces her encounter with a potential romantic partner, questioning her attraction and the uneasy possibility of love. But, ultimately, Flawed is less about whether girl can get along with boy than whether girl can accept herself, imperfections and all.

This film is both an exquisite tribute to the art of animation and a loving homage to storyboarding, a time-honoured way of rendering scenes while pointing the way to the dramatic arc of the tale.

  • writer
    Andrea Dorfman
  • director
    Andrea Dorfman
  • animator
    Andrea Dorfman
  • producer
    Annette Clarke
  • narration
    Andrea Dorfman
  • music theme
    Isabelle Dorval
  • music theme - writer
    Julia Kent
  • sound design
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • additional music
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • foley
    The Perlgrubs
  • digital image supervision
    Susan Gourley
  • digital image consultant
    Chris Darlington
    Sam Decoste
    Charles Jannasch
  • online editor
    Françoise Laprise
  • sound mixer
    Serge Boivin
  • translation
    Lyly Fortin
  • technical coordinator
    Steve Hallé
  • production supervisor
    Candice Desormeaux
  • production coordination
    Vanessa Larsen
    Stephanie Coolen
  • marketing manager
    Amy Stewart Gallant
  • centre administrator
    John William Lutz
  • executive producer
    Kent Martin



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Ages 9 to 14

Mini-Lesson - Flawed

Study Guide - Guide 1

Family Studies/Home Economics - Child Development
Media Education - Body Image
Science - Biology

Using strategies like Value Lines and Thinking Hats, students can explore society’s messages about physical flaws. Ask students to analyze the influence of media and role models, and develop a multimedia slide show that explores inspirational heroes and heroines. After exploring the NFB website Embracing My Flaws, students can create a similar stop-motion animated film, record personal stories using GarageBand, or write poetry exploring their “deepest, darkest secrets.”

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