In order to cope with the battle around him, the soldier in this short film imagines a land where toy soldiers kill only balloons, shoot daisies from their rifles, and receive chocolate coin medals. But even in his imagination, he can't escape the horrifying truth about war and what it costs the people who fight.

La DĂ©tente was directed by Pierre Ducos and Bertrand Bey in 2011, and has won numerous festival awards, including Best of Show at SIGGRAPH ASIA 2011. It's one of those films that shows just how CG animation can be used to tell powerful stories, especially by twisting familiar imagery.

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