A 19th-century drama about a man whose heart was replaced with a clock when he was born. The situation dictates that he should avoid feeling strong emotions -- love, most of all -- but he just can't keep his feelings under wraps.
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Edinburgh, late 19th century. Little Jack is born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. Madeleine the midwife replaces his heart with a cuckoo-clock. It will work, as long as Jack follows the rules, mainly not falling in love. But his encounter with a fiery-eyed girl singing on a street corner and his decision to chase after her will test the resistance of his makeshift heart to the breaking point... Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a magnificent love story set in an exciting period full of fabulous inventions, eccentric characters and fantastic adventures. Adapted by Mathias Malzieu from his best-selling novel and the gold-selling album by his band Dionysos, this superbly animated movie is about passion and acceptance of others. Written by
Mathias Malzieu is the singer of the band "Dionysos"; many people involved in this movie are also singers or musicians. See more »
Even though this is the first time Madeleine has done the clock heart procedure she somehow knew the three rules. See more »
The moment I saw her, I felt a rumbling like an earthquake devastating my clock. My gears started creaking, my tick-tock racing... I was gasping for breath, my head was spinning, my hands were whirring...
How did that feel?
Well, there you go.
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An Animated young Love story for VERY Mature Teens & Up
As many other reviewers are noting...This feature is NOT for Kids. Not because of inappropriate trashy stuff: There's no cursing, no nudity, no anime-kiddie-porn, and none of the usual over the top violence we've become used to in general Kid animated features (Explosions, etc) Rather, it's the unpleasant emotional issues of acceptance & affection and Life & Death that are front and center. That said, the story of a baby born with a frozen heart that's replaced with a cuckoo clock is richly detailed, with some very well written songs and a story line that moves with a brisk pace. The animation of the fantasy Clockwork-Victorian world is visually exquisite.
But be warned: This is no Disney scripted place where everyone has a happy ending. There are dark moments that will lead to a poetic and poignant place.
Even if you don't have kids (Teen or otherwise) to consider...this movie is a beautifully crafted piece of light drama for Adults to enjoy on a nice rainy or snowy Sunday Afternoon.
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