“A professional diver undergoes an intense training regime punctuated by relentless blasts on her trainer’s whistle. Utterly exhausted, she refuses to dive again and decides to visit a masseur.”
Using pastel drawings and crumpled paper cut outs, Ukrainian director Iulia Voitova animates what complete fatigue and burnout can feel like—and how important rest and care is—in La Plongeuese (The Diver), her 2018 graduation film from La Poudrière animation film school.
Why did the diver feel so depleted, and what helped her recover? Have you ever felt as exhausted as a crumpled piece of paper?
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