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Through My Thick Glasses (2004)

An elderly man tells his granddaughter his personal story of the Second World War. His life as a child and all the strange characters he populates it with takes the little girl to a bizarre world she doesn't understand.


Pjotr Sapegin


David Reiss-Andersen (screenplay), Pjotr Sapegin (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Odd Børretzen Odd Børretzen ... Grandfather (voice)
Sossen Krohg Sossen Krohg ... Grandmother (voice)


On a snowy day in Oslo, a grandfather gets his young granddaughter ready to go outside. She wears thick glasses and stares silently at him. As he puts her cap on her, he tells the story of how he came to Oslo as a lad during World War II, orphaned in the countryside when the Germans tried to capture his parents and he went to live with his aunt. She's a formidable woman, full of surprises as the lad tries to join the resistance, plans to leave for England to join the fight, and finds himself arrested. Grandfather's story continues through the end of the war. Who's his audience? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Canada | Norway



Release Date:

13 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Genom mina tjocka linser See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Delightful Short Film, Well Written Story and Fun Claymation
6 January 2009 | by TimeNTideSee all my reviews

I can't believe that I'm the first to comment on this excellent short film. I seen this on the Sundance Channel in the US on numerous occasions and it's always entertaining and worthy of a rewatch, especially since it only takes up 12.5 minutes of your time, less if you skip the credits.

While an elderly Norwegian man bundles up his granddaughter before sending her out into the snow, he relates the tale of his repeated attempts as a youth to join the resistance against the Nazis in WWII. Although he spins his tale in an impassive fashion, it touches a wide variety of emotions... always entertaining and interesting, often hilarious and sometimes painfully sad. It's very well written.

The animation style (mostly claymation) is delightful and clever, so this is a must see for claymation fans. My favorite elements are the huge metal "wheel" that represents the Nazi war machine and the encounter with the fish on the kitchen table.

Definitely worth a watch... and another... and another...

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