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Jumbo might be more compelling as an idea than a complete viewing experience, but whatever this strikingly unusual love story lacks in narrative finesse, it makes up in originality. Read critic reviews

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Jeanne, a shy young woman, works at night in an amusement park. Fascinated with carousels, she still lives with her mother, the extrovert Margarette. Whereas no man is able to find their place among the rocky and unusual duo, Jeanne starts to grow an odd relationship with Jumbo, the park's new flagship attraction. Soon, it appears that Jumbo, a striking and colorful merry-go-round, starts communicating with her...

Cast & Crew

Noémie Merlant
Jeanne Tantois
Zoé Wittock
Director
Zoé Wittock
Screenwriter
Anais Bertrand
Producer
Marie-Sophie Volkenner
Executive Producer
Thomas Buelens
Cinematographer
Thomas Buelens
Film Editor
Thomas Roussel
Original Music
William Abello
Production Design
William Abello
Art Director
Valérie Valéro
Set Decoration
Carine Ceglarski
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Critic Reviews for Jumbo

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  • Well worth paying your money and taking the ride.

    July 23, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a little like Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, in which a person's world is suddenly torn apart by an unexplained but intense attraction to some flashing lights in the sky.

    July 10, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Wittock is an exciting new talent to watch, and Merlant spins something potentially laughable into a rollercoaster - or at least, waltzer - ride of emotions.

    July 10, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • a classic coming-out (as well as coming of age, and just plain coming) narrative, allegorising both the rejection and acceptance faced by anyone whose erotic interests do not adhere to narrowly conventional expectations.

    July 8, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Merlant is radiant as a woman lit up by love.

    February 26, 2021 | Full Review…
  • From its opening moments lit by neon lights and set to the soundtrack of their gentle buzz, Jumbo marks a heady debut for writer-director Zoé Wittock.

    February 19, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Well worth paying your money and taking the ride.

    July 23, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a little like Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, in which a person's world is suddenly torn apart by an unexplained but intense attraction to some flashing lights in the sky.

    July 10, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Wittock is an exciting new talent to watch, and Merlant spins something potentially laughable into a rollercoaster - or at least, waltzer - ride of emotions.

    July 10, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • a classic coming-out (as well as coming of age, and just plain coming) narrative, allegorising both the rejection and acceptance faced by anyone whose erotic interests do not adhere to narrowly conventional expectations.

    July 8, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Despite all the sexual overtones, there's a purity to the relationship that harks back to all those 1980s Spielbergian coming-of-age fantasies involving outsiders bonding with aliens or robots.

    July 15, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Even if feels somewhat random, the film refreshingly rejects the word "normal".

    July 15, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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