Panning over a landscape composed of muted, modern, gradient colors of cool greys and greens, and warm yellows and oranges, we are told by an omniscient voice that “This is the land of the divine gates.”
Inside each gate is an atmosphere and world all its own, complete with a divine creature. These creatures take no earthly form that we would recognize, and are each remarkably different from one another—a grey one loosely resembling a goat, another yellow and black one is similar to a fish.
Yet, both the omniscient voice and all of the creatures converse directly to us in spoken word-esque rhyme. They do this as they offer existential words of wisdom about life, making this aspect of the film, in this reviewer’s opinion, quite the transcendent experience.
On this enlightened plane, they are provided all they need, and can have anything they want, as long as they “give something good back.” The give and take between the Oz-like giver of gifts and divine creatures is natural. Meanwhile, when beings resembling humans arrive, this is not the case.
Unsurprisingly, to this reviewer, the humans take and take and give nothing back—while simultaneously stealing from each other. They begin to industrialize the once pleasant plane, until the powers that be take action to halt these greedy actions.
For those who like their entertainment to strike them with a dose of reality while being swept away in beautiful animation, Ishu Patel’s 11-minute animated short DIVINE FATE is just the film for you.
About the Author:
Margaret Smith is a writer and editor achieving her B.A. from Columbia College Chicago. Having migrated from small-town Illinois, she now dwells in Chicago with a curious eye for art and a penchant for commentary. When not putting pen to paper, you might catch her about the city with coffee in one hand and a crossword puzzle in the other.