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The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
''The amazing thing about water drops is that they always take the path of least resistance. For humans it's exactly the opposite.''
Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, Delicatessen, Mic Macs) brings his trusty brand of whimsical adventure and magical realism to the Montana countryside (although most it the film was shot in Canada) for an adaptation of 'The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet', written by Reif Larsen.
Boasting some of the most luminous cinematography you could ever dream of seeing (courtesy of newly developed Arri Alexa camera's) we are introduced to a family in a rural setting where our young and prodigious protagonist is a 10 year old boy named T.S. who is focused on scientific experimentation and invention. His father is…
Film #1 At CIFF: The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
"The amazing thing about water drops is that they always take the path of least resistance. For humans it's exactly the opposite."
It's been a long time since I've been on Letterboxd, but it's sure as hell good to be back. Thank you to my friend, Todd Gaines, for checking up on me. I really appreciated that notion, it was a big part in why I decided to come back on Letterboxd. And like the first time I went on, I fell in love.
Wow, what a way to start off the Calgary International Film Festival. This English…
The Young and Prodigious T. S. Spivet is from Jean-Pierre Jeunet the director of the absolutely amazing Amélie and that was the main reason that lead me to see this film. And I was also in a mood for an adventure film!
So The Young and Prodigioud T. S. Spivet tells us the story of T. S. Spivet, a super intelligent boy at the age of 10 that receives a call from Smithsonian an instution that wants to give him an award for a unique invention. He feels like he is the underdog of the family because he is so smart and has different interests than his mother, father, sister and twin brother. He made up a plan to go…
Second viewing with family and friend. Enjoyed it as much this time... had a chance to look more closely at some of the production details... still very impressive.
All the qualities I've admired about Jean-Pierre Jeunet's work are present in his latest film... charming characters, fanciful story, meticulously-detailed production design, and striking compositions rendered in lush, saturated color.
The story follows a ten year old inventor who lives in Montana with his cowboy father, entomologist mother and aspiring beauty-queen sister. Also present in flashbacks is a younger brother who was killed in a gun accident. One day T.S. gets a phone call from the Smithsonian telling him that he is to be presented with a prestigious award for his design for a perpetual motion machine. Knowing his folks will never let him go, he packs a suitcase and hops a freight train to Washington DC.
The story combines…
The beautiful visuals help to prop up a fairly slight story, but The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet is otherwise everything you would expect from a a Jeunet film. It's charming and whimsical with just enough of a dark edge to stop it from becoming mawkish.
Kyle Catlett is the titular 10-year-old genius who sets out on a freight train from his remote Montana ranch after receiving a call from the Smithsonian institute with news that he has won a prestigious prize for inventing a perpetual motion machine. Unfortunately he neglects to tell his family.
Helena Bonham Carter, Callum Keith Rennie, no Judy Davis all impress as TS' parents and the Smithsonian professor, but it's Catlett who shoulders the weight…
Se os trejeitos e as sacadas visuais de Jeunet eram originais no passado e faziam sentido em filmes cujo universo puxavam para o fantástico ou bizarro, aqui eles soam sem vida e apenas truncam a narrativa. Ainda assim, a viagem metafórica em busca do autoconhecimento (que faz do filme uma espécie de "Morangos Silvestres" infantil) é bem contada e o saldo não deixa de ser positivo.
Using seemingly anachronistic starting points to explore a very modern to-day world, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet reminds me of the graphic novel Habibi by Craig Thompson, only that this time it takes place in the mid west of the USA. Like in Harry Potter 1, we explore our known world by the eyes of an school boy that is on a journey to new opportunities. We seem to know all the things already, but somehow they look different. Jeunet again shows his gift to make the ordinary appear a bit magical as he has already proven in Delicatessen or Amelie.
Von Jeunet nicht anders zu erwarten, glänzt der Film vor allem in optischen Dingen: Die Kamera liefert wunderschöne Bilder, der Score lädt zum träumen ein und es gibt tolle Einzelszenen. Warum der Film am Ende nur gut ist liegt am etwas schwachen Drehbuch.
Depois de 4 anos sem dar sinais de vida, o fancês Jean-Pierre Jeunet (responsável pelo clássico Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain) volta para a cadeira principal com o seu novo projecto L'extravagant voyage du jeune et prodigieux T.S. Spivet.
É nos apresentado Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet, um rapazinho de 10 anos, morador de um rancho no interior de Montana, com evidente talento para a ciência. Vindo de uma recente tragédia familiar. Um dia é surpreendido por um telefonema anunciando-lhe a atribuição de um importante prémio. Spivet terá de partir para Washington D.C sem que ninguém saiba, numa longa e solitária travessia da América.
Um dos pontos altos do filme é a actuação de Kyle Catlett (T.S. Spivet), que é totalmente surpreendente…
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a genius and this is adorable.
This is one of my favorite movies. I saw it for the first a few months ago and seen it at least 5 times since then.
Beautiful cinematography, charming dark and layered story, a breath of fresh air in modern cinema. As Jeunet as you would expect it to be.
From the director of Amelie said the posters. The director also made MicMacs, a brilliant and under appreciated well crafted film with great characters. Moving on. This is Jean-Pierre Jeunet second english language film and it may not be as beautiful as Amelie or as creative as Micmacs but it has heart and a truly (adorable) brilliant actor, the very young and talented Kyle Catlett.
The film is based on the book, The Selected Works of T.S Spivet by Reif Larsen. I bought the book in preparation for the film but didn't finish it before the film was to disappear from the cinema. The book, similar to the film is annotated and full to the brim.
,,Čuvaj se osrednjosti, to je plesan za mozak.’’ U svom prepoznatljivom stilu, Žan Pjer Ženet, vraća se na velike ekrane predstavljajući nam originalnu interpretaciju romana Rejfa Larsena, ,,Izabrani radovi S.T. Svipeta’’, koja je, iako nalik na modernu bajku, namenjena kako deci tako i odraslima. Svojim predhodnim filmovima (,,Amelie , ,,Delicatessen’’,...) Ženet se pokazao kao jedan od najtalentovanijih art house reditelja današnjice, od čega nije previše odstupio svojim poslednjim filmom. Međutim, mora se primetiti da, kada se producira Holivudski film, ono što je nekada bio francuski art house postaje visoko kvalitetan 3d komercijalni proizvod. Ipak, film ,,Mali genijalac’’ jedno je od osveženja ovogodišnje produkcije s obzirom na to da se, osim praćenja priče o klincu iz Montane koji se…
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