VIFF 2016: Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming)
Veteran animator Ann Marie Fleming joins forces with a dazzling array of guest cartoonists to go with her stellar jam session of vocal talents.
These begin with Sandra Oh as Rosie Ming, a Chinese-Persian Canadian who confronts family history when invited to a poetry festival in Iran.
Ellen Page and Nancy Kwan are among friends and family; when Rosie gets to Shiraz, the voices include Iranian film greats Peyman Moaadi (A Separation) and Shohreh Aghdashloo (Oscar-nominated for House of Sand and Fog), as well as Don McKellar as an unctuous German traveller.
The youth-aimed movie leans toward sentimentality and coincidence, but beautiful interludes of music and poetry add more deeply shaded complexity.