Diomysus | Film Threat

SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2023 REVIEW! Puppet mice get squeaky about being freaky in Diomysus, the comic documentary short by director and puppeteer Emily Morus-Jones. Morus-Jones uses her mouse puppets to voice dialogue from interviews with real members of Britain’s polyamorous community. Speaking freely as their identities were hidden behind mouse puppets, they dispel some myths about people who have relationships with more than one partner at a time. They clear up that while they have multiple lovers, they are not down to sleep with just anybody anytime. They also discuss the condemnation they face, though one feels Generation Z will understand and embrace the polyamorous lifestyle as they see through the previous generation’s hang-ups over it. Many blame infidelity on the institution of monogamy, while you can’t cheat if you are polyamorous. There is an acknowledgment of emotional responses to seeing your partner with others, followed by statements about differentiating jealousy from envy. All the while being spoken by these cute little mousies. Ruby Rare also contributes some funny vocals as well.

Diomysus | Film Threat

“…uses her mouse puppets to voice dialogue…with real members of Britain’s polyamorous community.”

Morus-Jones’s puppet method of tackling a controversial subject is way past brilliant. Knowing that many will disagree with the stance of her subjects, myself included, the use of those nifty puppets to deliver such a message diffuses many roadblock judgments. It’s easy to judge a person but much harder to judge a mouse puppet. The audience is able to hear their perspective a lot more clearly, with the humor lighting the mood. The arguments presented in the short running time are concise, pertinent, and without overlap. This is a triumph for a documentary short, as the amount of information delivered in such a palatable and laser-focused way is impressive. While I still think some of the points are full of mouse s**t, I enjoyed how they were able to have their say.

As successful as Diomysus is as a documentary, we really need to spotlight the stupendous puppetry here. I loved how the puppets are shot from angles usually reserved for human actors. The puppets themselves are very enticing and cute as buttons. Seeming them used in this way summons that same sweet and sour juxtaposition that Peter Jackson hit with Meet The Feebles. It is interesting to track the evolution of controversial puppet shows from that classic to Diomysus. While Jackson’s use of puppets amplified the offensiveness, these brave little mouse puppets managed to extinguish it. Morus-Jones shows how only a handful of mice can stand up to the giant elephant of monogamy.

Diomysus screened at the 2023 Slamdance Film Festival.

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