Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2014)
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Edinburgh, 1874. On the coldest day in the history of the world, little Jack is born with his heart frozen solid. Wasting no time, midwife Madeleine takes action and saves his life by inserting a cuckoo-clock in place of his icy heart. And now Jack will live...as long as he observes three golden rules: 1 - He must never touch the hands of the clock. 2 - He must master his anger. 3 - He must never, ever fall in love. But fall in love he does, to a bespectacled young street performer, Miss Acacia, with a soul-stirring voice. Now begins a journey of escape and pursuit, from Edinburgh to Paris to Miss Acacia's home in Andalusia. Based on the novel by Mathias Malzieu, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a fantastical, wildly inventive tale of love and heartbreak - by turns poignant and funny - in which Jack finally learns the great joys, and ultimately the greater costs, of owning a fully formed heart. (C) DADA Films … More
- PG (for scary images, suggestive material, some language and smoking)
- Drama , Action & Adventure , Animation
- Directed By:
- Mathias Malzieu , Stéphane Berla
- Written By:
- Mathias Malzieu , Trevor Laurence
- In Theaters:
- Sep 24, 2014 Limited
- On DVD:
- Oct 7, 2014
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Critic Reviews for Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
"Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart" stubbornly remains less than the sum of its parts. But its rich visual imagery suggests the talented artists involved could create something exciting and truly original if they had a better script.
Malzieu has created a fully-realized, wildly imaginative storybook world and populated it with eccentric characters.
Even while wearing its obvious, name-dropped influences on its sleeve, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart feels original in the sincerity of its magic.
Animation fans will find much to enjoy...Those who nitpick at logic will find so many threads to pull apart that they'll be as cold as Jack by the end
Eccentric with some striking design touches, but humorless and heartless
The film is at once enabled and hindered by its utter strangeness, an intrinsic quality surely exacerbated in its English-language release.
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