When the Glove Dies
HAND IN GLOVE, BODY AND SOUL… ALLEGRA LIVED LARGE.
ANIMATED SHORT FILM | 2 & 3D animation | 8 MIN | MATURE AUDIENCES
GLOVES ARE BODIES AND HANDS ARE SOULS IN THIS ALLEGORY OF THE BODY-SOUL RELATIONSHIP, WHERE EVERYTHING CHANGES AFTER ALLEGRA’S SOUL LEAVES HER BODY.
A passionate vegan, Allegra loved all living things. Even rats in the ceiling didn’t cause her to call in the exterminators until all her prayers to the Deva of Rodents had proved to be completely fruitless.
Allegra married Horatio at Woodstock, much too quickly and for several wrong reasons, except that it was a free-wheeling time.
A glamorous couple, they went to exhibitions, music festivals and motorbike rallies. Haunted-looking and skinny as a rail, Allegra had a deceptively delicate build and demeanour. She’d never quite managed to give up smoking.
While they were married, Allegra enjoyed Horatio’s prosperity, though her play-mate from the Summer of Love soon became rather scarce.
So she’d often go on a course or a workshop to raise her consciousness, locate her inner child and find her true path. And unerringly, when the cause of her divorce came calling, she found in Tendai the best path to the sweetest revenge.
Everyone’s at peace by the time Allegra departs, and she brings the same curiosity to death, as she did everything else in her life.
Khanyi Hlope is a local sangoma who has been a death doula for many years. Now it is time to guide one of her students through her final transition.
Khanyi lovingly but firmly deals with a sometimes delinquent Allegra who goes through all the stages of grief during the story. This is the most important character in the story’s teaching about the death process. There has been a lot of research and more testing with additional experts will happen before the final animation goes out to its intended audience – average people who don’t deal with or plan for death.
Frances appears twice in the story – once as a distant memory, and then on Allegra’s bed, in real life.The next real life..
Frances appears to Allegra as the welcoming committee that is said to arrive at the side of every human soul during transition into their new life. She embodies the concept that nobody dies alone, which is a major theme of this story.
Known to all as Dotty, Allegra’s older sister starts out as a very controlling character, with her own ideas as to how Allegra should be looked after. Because she’s been doing that all her life.
Dottie eventually realises, sometimes comically and sometimes tragically, that Death has a way of being implacable. You can only control so much. Her hectoring sports-coach attitude then melts into one of helpless heartbreak and guilt for not being at her post at the crucial moment.
Horatio is Allegra’s ex-husband and the wealthy owner of several IT/gaming companies.
Horatio cheated on Allegra with a handsome young croupier at a large resort. During the divorce, Tendai the croupier and Allegra hooked up, which almost drove Horatio to suicide. So Allegra let Tendai go because her ‘revenge served nice and hot’ had served its purpose.
Tendai and Allegra – who would’ve thought? Certainly not Horatio.
After Horatio and Allegra’s divorce, Tendai decided he preferred Allegra to Horatio, and some pleasant weeks were spent by Allegra and Tendai which soothed Allegra’s bruised ego.
They attended Tantric and Lucid Dreaming workshops and other uplifting events, before Horatio threatened suicide and Tendai returned to him.
Allegra no longer recognises Tendai on her deathbed, so Horatio has the last laugh after all.