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Pear Cider and Cigarettes (2016)

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The brutally honest story of Robert's turbulent relationship with a self-destructive, yet charismatic friend from childhood, who cries out for help from a military hospital in China and sets Rob on a wild ride to get him home to Vancouver.

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Robert Valley

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Robert Valley
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Drink and smoke...that's what Techno Stypes really like to do, and fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that's not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident, yeah he was broken alright - what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy. Written by Robert Valley

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1 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sidra de pera y cigarrillos See more »

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The other Oscar nominated animated shorts were able to accomplish so much more!
3 March 2017 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES': Three Stars (Out of Five)

A 35-minute Oscar nominated animated short. This one is about a man's desperate attempts to save his troubled friend; by bringing him home to Vancouver, from a Chinese military hospital. The man has also known the friend since childhood, and he's sadly always known that he's been self destructive all of his life. The short was written and directed by Robert Valley; who's also directed such popular animated TV shows as 'AEON FLUX', 'TRON: UPRISING' and the recent 'WONDER WOMAN'. This is my least favorite of the 2017 Oscar nominated animated shorts (and I even liked it less than the 'Highly Commendable' animated shorts that were played with it in theaters). I like how dark it is, and it's very reminiscent of the director's other work, but it's also really depressing and boring. At 35- minutes it just goes on for way too long; the other Oscar nominated animated shorts were able to accomplish so much more, in a much shorter amount of time!

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