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Not So Different

Not So Different
1985, director: Don Arioli

Film (6:48)


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  Description     The film  
This delightful, humorous fable is set in the Land of Same, where the law of the land is SAMENESS. Everyone has to behave the same, wear the same clothes, live in the same houses, drive the same cars, eat the same food -- you name it, it's the SAME! Everything runs, smoothly (although it's a bit dull!), until the arrival of some DIFFERENT people, causing a wave of differentness to spread across the land. So the law is changed to DIFFERENTNESS. Things aren't dull any more, but life is chaotic! Eventually a meeting is held to vote on SAME OR DIFFERENT. The outcome? Well, see for yourself -- it's not the same -- but not so different...