The Kiosk

Director : Anete Melece

Repetition has its merits. If you’re not a fan of surprises, then it’s got you covered. If you live for routine and structure, well, then, it’s got you too. Even if you love surprises and hate routine, it’s hard to deny that repetition holds a certain allure. It means comfort and reassurance. It means an alleviation of thought and a freedom from decision. No matter the lifestyle, it’s part and parcel. Even for Olga, the lead in Anete Melece’s animated short, The Kiosk. From 8 till 8, Olga mans her newspaper stand, waiting to greet a rotating cast of characters who visit daily. She serves, she chats, she eats, she sleeps, she repeats. She is trapped in a groundhog day of her own making. Too big to escape her cabin, she dreams of far away places, a new life, but she’s stuck. Instead, she lives vicariously through images of exotic locations cut from magazines and pinned to her wall like a vision board calling in change. A change that eventually comes, only not in the way she had hoped. It’s absurd and silly, funny and spookily recognisable. It’s always slightly disconcerting when you see reality in an animated character, but Anete Melece knows us well. Routine is in our blood, but at times its suffocating, like we are trapped in our own kiosk, stocked with work and life, our personal cast of characters and ourselves. I hate to use the word ‘charming,’ it seems to have been overused to the point of reduction, but The Kiosk is charming. It’s comforting in its reassurance that a shove in the right direction, a push outside of the boundaries and a break from repetition is a tonic of equal merit.

Ami Guest