Between the Folds







Between the Folds
Made in: USA
Language: English, Japanese, French
Director: Vanessa Gould
Year: 2008

Synopsis: Who knew that so much can be created from just one piece of paper? Within minutes, we learn that origami, the art of paper folding, is not just a hobby, but a way of life for some.

No we're not talking about paper airplanes or making little hats here. Imagine creating intricate subjects that are every bit as expressive and detailed as a marble sculpture…only made from a single sheet of paper. Oh, and unlike sculptures and your standard arts-and-crafts project, these origami projects are produced only through folding.

That's right! No cutting, no Elmer's glue, no adding anything that wasn't there before.

Through a series of interviews, we meet artists, mathematicians, and scientists from several different parts of the world. All have devoted their lives to this craft, and they describe the process of carefully planning, exploring, and executing each project.



Remarks: Between the Folds is a really fascinating documentary about a subject that few of us have probably ever heard of. Most of the works that these paper folders create are absolutely amazing, especially when you keep reminding yourself that they're all created with just one piece of paper!

On top of that, we get a good look at the process behind origami. It is just as much about math and science as it is about art, and it's even a kind of philosophy.

Who would like this film: This one is definitely for those who are looking to be inspired, and for those thinking of leaving behind a secure yet soul-sucking 9-5 job.

There's are the familiar "do what you love," "think outside the box," and "follow your dreams" messages that you've no doubt heard a million times before, but it's somehow refreshing to hear it again using such an unusual subject matter. It'll make you think about life, and you may learn a thing or two about solving problems in the future.

At just under an hour, Between the Folds is a lot of fun, and it pretty much has to be seen in order to be believed.

(3 and 1/2 out of 4 stars)

Review written by: Joe Yang



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