The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa

The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa is a 1977 Canadian short animated fantasy film by Caroline Leaf, adapted from Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, told through the animation of beach sand on a piece of glass. The film features music by Normand Roger and sound by Michel Descombes. The film earned ten awards from the year of its release in 1977 through to 1981 as it was screened at various film festivals around the world.


Mr. Samsa wakes up and discovers that he has turned into a giant beetle. The loving son and brother is unable to express his feelings of shame and guilt, nor his need for love. He is forced to become a recluse and is rejected by his family.