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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.
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…
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…
Incredible film, touched me emotionally and unbelievable acting by a young star.
C'è un problema irrisolto per tutta la durata del film: a quale spettatore di riferimento sia indirizzata la storia.
Ora ironica, ma solo leggermente, talvolta infantile, sul finale moralista, la narrazione è sostanzialmente piatta sia per mancanza di ritmo sia perché indecisa sulla direzione da prendere. La fotografia è carica e satura ma ciò non basta a rivalutare la visione che lascia sostanzialmente indifferenti.
Lodevole l'interpretazione del giovane protagonista.
Lovely sense of Americana, beautifully shot and quite melancholic.
The Home Theater Forum listed this as one of the great 3D movies, a view I'll second--immersive depth of field and "pop out," beautifully rendered, and in the service of a heartwarming family film about loss and exploration. Sadly, The Weinstein Company has the rights here, and two years later no sign of a release, making a pricey Region B Blu-ray set the only option I know of. But it was worth it.
The amazing thing about water drops is that they always take the path of least resistance. For humans it's exactly the opposite.
(7.1) Francuska, Australija, Kanada
Una cosetta veramente, veramente, veramente (veramente!) deliziosa. E pure un ottimo modo per riprendersi da quella botta d'allegria di Maggie.
Tra Ameliè e Little Miss Sunshine e la disfunzionalità dei Tenenbaum.
Cine con sello.
Estilo acuñado en Francia y llevado a los estates... Les gustara a los yankies... ¿Y que importa?, a mi me encanta.
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