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| 8 min

The NFB’s 2nd Academy-Award winning film. In this short film, Norman McLaren employs the principles normally used to put drawings or puppets into motion to animate live actors. The story is a parable about two people who come to blows over the possession of a flower.

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This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised

  • director
    Norman McLaren
  • producer
    Norman McLaren
  • animation
    Norman McLaren
  • music
    Norman McLaren
  • photography
    Wolf Koenig
  • sound
    Clarke Daprato
  • cast
    Jean-Paul Ladouceur
    Grant Munro


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Ages 11 to 15

Study Guides - Guide 1 | Guide 2

Arts Education - Drama
Health/Personal Development - Healthy Relationships
Health/Personal Development - Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution
History - World History
Media Education - Film and Video Production
Social Studies - Development/Global Issues

Analyze the characters’ points of view for validity and fairness, then analyze their actions. Examine how countries/regions in conflict often lose sight of what they are fighting for. Discuss options for peaceful resolutions to territorial/ownership disputes. How can these strategies be used in the students’ lives? Are there ways we can practice fair fighting now to avoid serious conflict later?

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