Father and Daughter

Father and Daughter

Michaël Dudok de Wit know how to say the deepest things in the simplest way. The ingredients used by his undeniable genius are images and sounds. His short films can be considered without any exaggeration veritable animated jewels. What we firmly state is that in the works of Michaël Dudok de Wit the art of creating cartoons has reached the highest peaks.

An important point is the language used to express his message: that of images. Without any dialogue, Father and Daughter seems to be a cartoon that speaks through images about life, about aging and, above all, about the inevitable passage of time. But, as any authentic work of art, it is open to multiple interpretations. One of them can be the theological one.

Father and Daughter can be rigorously interpreted as a depiction of the history of the search for God – represented by the father – by the human soul – represented by the daughter. For, as Saint Teresa of Ávila would teach us, God hides only to make us seek Him even more intensely. This is precisely what the daughter from Michaël Dudok de Wit’s animated movie does: as the years go by she seeks her father more and more insistently, until, in the twilight of her life, she finds him. Watch and enjoy!


  • Original title: Father and Daughter
  • Author and director: Michaël Dudok de Wit
  • Original language: No dialogue
  • Genre: Short animated film
  • Release date: 2000
  • Public: Adults, teenagers, children