Rossy de Palma
Grand and Corps Malade
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (Jack et la Mecanique du Coeur) (PG)
Animation 90 September 24, 2014
There Jack becomes a protégé of film pioneer Georges Méliès (Stéphane Cornicard) and continues his courtship of Acacia, in spite of his frail heart and her tendency to sprout thorns when nervous. Though dubbed into English, Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is still very French, essentially a goth-industrial rock opera with a remarkably stylish production design that's often reminiscent of Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's collaborations. That said, the characters aren't quite stylized enough; though they have skinny bodies and disproportionately big heads, their just-realistic-enough facial features often veer into the Uncanny Valley. But that's the French for you.