What environment has greater potential for drama than a nursing home, where people from disparate
backgrounds are thrown together by necessity rather than choice? Throw in the omnipresence of sickness and death, and tension and conflict are practically guaranteed. Two people who have tapped into this well are Paco Roca, the Spanish cartoonist who penned the graphic novel Wrinkles, and Ignacio Ferreras, who directed the animated film adaptation. Surprisingly, however, the film winds up being more about friendship and redemption than separation and loss.
The two main characters are Emilio and Miguel, voice acted in the 2014 English adaptation by Martin Sheen and George Coe. Emilio, newly committed to the nursing home by his son, becomes Miguel’s new roommate. The arrangement is tenuous. Miguel is a con artist who manipulates the other residents by becoming immersed in their delusions, excusing his behavior on the basis that “it’s better this way.” Emilio, a straight laced former banker, isn’t so sure, and when he begins to perceive himself as just another one of Miguel’s victims, tensions rise. One gets the feeling that, had these men met in the course of their earlier lives, it would not have ended well. That’s part of the point though. This isn’t the course of their earlier lives. Things that were important before have long since ceased to matter. The threats they face now are unlike anything they have encountered before, threats that will transform them, both for good and for ill.
Wrinkles has a well-deserved 96% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 81% audience rating. It was distributed by Gkids films, who were responsible for A Cat in Paris, The Secret of Kells, and Ernest and Celestine. What a track record like that, and now Wrinkles, I’ll pick the next thing that comes along from them sight unseen.