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A ten-year-old scientist secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother, scapes home, and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Jean-Pierre Jeunet visually masterful take on Reif Larsen novel See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kyle Catlett ... T.S. Spivet

Helena Bonham Carter ... Dr. Clair, mom

Judy Davis ... G.H. Jibsen

Callum Keith Rennie ... Father

Niamh Wilson ... Gracie

Jakob Davies ... Layton
Rick Mercer ... Roy

Dominique Pinon ... Two Clouds / Deux Nuages

Julian Richings ... Ricky

Richard Jutras ... Mr. Stenpock
Mairtin O'Carrigan ... Lecturer
Michel Perron

Dawn Ford ... Marge

Harry Standjofski ... Policeman
Susan Glover
James Bradford ... Smithsonian President
Leni Parker ... Doctor Ferrano

Kyle Gatehouse ... Student Butte Museum

Gordon Masten ... Fast-Food Policeman
Pierre Leblanc ... Doctor Richard

Lisa Bronwyn Moore ... Judy the Nurse

Brent Skagford ... Waiter
Pauline Little ... Make-Up Artist
Amy Sobol ... TV Show's Assistant
Felicia Shulman ... Jibsen's Secretary

Dylan Kingwell ... Little Boy
Océane Corneau McGrath ... Young Trapeze Girl

Leigh Ann Taylor ... Smithsonian's Receptionist

Eric Davis ... Towncar Driver

Rebecca Amzallag ... Reception Waitress

Amber Goldfarb ... Reception Waitress
Any A. Perini ... Reception Guest (as Any Perini)
Una Kay ... Reception Guest

Andrew Simms ... Reception Guest
Noel Burton ... Reception Guest

Sylvia Stewart ... Reception Guest

Sabrina Reeves ... Reception Guest
Kyle Allatt ... Photographer
Manon Brisebois ... Director Control Room
Chris Cinnamon ... Tapioca the Dog (voice)
Henri-Mathis Côté

David Raynolds
Hugo Drouin
Solenn Gaillot ... T.S. Spivet (voice: French version)
Pablo Beugnet ... Layton (voice: French version)
Lisa Martino ... Dr. Clair (voice: French version)
Sarah Brannens ... Gracie (voice: French version)
Guillaume Orsat ... Père (voice: French version)
Danièle Douet ... Jibsen (voice: French version)
Boris Rehlinger ... Ricky (voice: French version) (as Boris Relhinger)

Jean-Pierre Michael ... Roy (voice: French version)
Tangi Daniel ... Policier Écluse (voice: French version)
Georges Claisse ... Conférencier (voice: French version)
Nolwenn Korbell ... Dr. Ferrano (voice: French version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ana Alarcon ... Lady at train station

Zachary Amzallag ... Waiter
Anne-Sophie Bozon ... Figuration

Martin Brisebois ... Perpetual motion machine presenter
Christie Claymore ... Smithsonian Scientist's Date
Victor Cornfoot ... Airport Officer
Karyanne d'Avril ... Classmate
Marianne Demers
Mario Geoffrey ... Cameraman
Tommy Heynemand ... Classmate
Patrick Hébert ... Nerd

Catherine Lemieux

Robert Maillet ... Giant Hobo
Marie-Chantal Nadeau ... Reception Waitress
Benoit Priest ... Train Worker

Marc Primeau ... Cowboy
Roald Smeets ... Pierre G

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Jeunet 
 
Writing credits
Jean-Pierre Jeunet (screenplay) and
Guillaume Laurant (screenplay)

Guillaume Laurant (dialogue)

Reif Larsen (novel "The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet")

Produced by
Francis Boespflug .... executive producer
Frédéric Brillion .... producer
Sidonie Dumas .... executive producer
Suzanne Girard .... executive producer
Suzanne Girard .... producer
Jean-Pierre Jeunet .... executive producer
Gilles Legrand .... producer
Brian Oliver .... executive producer
Timmy Thompson .... executive producer
Tyler Thompson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Denis Sanacore 
 
Cinematography by
Thomas Hardmeier 
 
Film Editing by
Hervé Schneid 
 
Casting by
Lucie Robitaille 
 
Production Design by
Aline Bonetto 
 
Art Direction by
Jean-Andre Carriere (supervising art director)
Paul Healy 
 
Set Decoration by
Geoffroy Gosselin (on set dresser)
 
Costume Design by
Madeline Fontaine 
 
Makeup Department
Chantal Bergeron .... hair stylist
Marianne Bobet .... assistant makeup artist
Carol Hemming .... personal hair stylist
Annie Jalbert .... wig maker
Camiel McLean .... daily makeup artist
Martin Nepton .... assistant hair stylist
Sonia Ngadi .... assistant makeup artist
Ghislaine Sant .... hair stylist
Jean Scarabin .... hair stylist
Nathalie Tissier .... makeup designer
Nathalie Trépanier .... key crowd makeup artist
Fanny Vachon .... assistant make up departement head
Fanny Vachon .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Jessica Arnardi .... post production assistant
Jean-Marc Deschamps .... production manager
Liz Goldsmith .... production supervisor: Chicago Unit
José Lacelle .... production manager
Jason Pomerantz .... production manager (IMAX Verison)
Daniel Ross .... unit manager: Montreal
Danny Turgeon .... unit manager: second unit, Montréal
Sidonie Waserman .... post-production supervisor
Darin Wilson .... production manager: Alberta
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anabelle Berkani .... second second assistant director
Charles-André Bertrand .... first assistant director: second unit, Canada
Marielou Bélisle-Pierre .... second assistant director
Chris Cinnamon .... second second assistant director
Ariane Côté-Chénier .... third assistant director
Darius de Andrade .... trainee assistant director: Alberta
Buck Deachman .... first assistant director: second unit
Harvey Drouelle .... third assistant director: additional
Pierre Gill .... second unit director
Gabrielle Mankiewicz .... third assistant director
Christophe Vassort .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Bruno Baronet .... assistant art director
Jean-Philippe Carignan .... art department assistant
Barbara Chandler .... paint foreman
Bertrand Clercq-Roques .... assistant art director (as Bertrand Clerq-Roques)
Joseph Gagné .... assistant art director
Alain Giguère .... head scenic painter
Axel Green .... set carpenter
Denis Hamel .... property master
Crystal Husum .... paint coordinator: Alberta, Canada
Steven Kajorinne .... on-set dresser: Alberta
Alex Lingnau .... set dresser
Jean-Christophe Meunier .... set dresser
Véronique Michelin .... art department assistant
Marzia Pellissier .... set decoration department
Maurice Roy .... graphic artist
Asuka Sugiyama .... art department assistant
Joel Tobman .... assistant set decorator
Alexandre Vincent .... set dresser
Jordy Wihak .... assistant property master: Canada
 
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... re-recording mixer
Adrien Arnaud .... french dubbing editor
Selim Azzazi .... sound designer
Selim Azzazi .... sound effects editor
Nicolas Becker .... fx foley artist
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer: italian version
Sophie Chiabaut .... boom operator
Yann Cleary .... additional sound
Raphaël Devillers .... sound mix technician
Kévin Feildel .... french dubbing recordist assistant
Shaun-Nicholas Gallagher .... a.d.r. mixer
Gérard Hardy .... sound designer
Benjamin Le Calvé .... second sound assistant
Benjamin Lecuyer .... foley engineer
Benjamin Lecuyer .... sound mastering engineer
Mathieu Lefort .... sound assistant
Yann Legay .... french dubbing director
Gilles Marsalet .... assistant to foley artist
Josselin Panchout .... dubbing boom operator
Julien Perez .... re-recording mixer
Jean Umansky .... production sound mixer
Stan Sakellaropoulos .... adr assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Guillaume Murray .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Etienne Allard .... digital compositor
Batmanu .... graphic: conception
Emilien Breuillier .... visual effects
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects supervisor
Anthony Charbonnier .... digital compositor
Florian Chauvet .... visual effects coordinator
Natalène Darfeuille .... visual effects coordinator
Christophe Dehaene .... digital compositor
Julien Giami .... digital compositor
Pacini Kevin .... visual effect editor
Aurelie Lajoux .... senior compositor
Marian Landrieve .... digital compositor
Guillaume Le Gouez .... compositing supervisor
Louise Leclercq .... digital compositor
Jeremie Leroux .... visual effects supervisor
Julien Martins .... digital compositor
Selim Mondzie .... visual effects artist
Fredrik Monteil .... digital compositor
Sidonie Moulart .... digital compositor
Emilia Napame .... digital compositor
Vincent Perzo .... digital compositor
Joel Pinto .... digital compositor
Elisa Pretta .... digital compositor
Pierre Procoudine-Gorsky .... digital compositor
Aurore Rousset .... visual effects artist
David Sanchez .... digital compositor
Christian Simon .... compositing supervisor
Jeremy Séguin .... digital compositor
Christian Tomikowski .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Guy Bews .... stunt coordinator
Jean Frenette .... stunt coordinator
Jean-Francois Lachapelle .... additional stunt coordinator
Héléna Laliberté .... stunt coordinator
Martin St-Antoine .... key stunt rigger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-François Abran .... best boy electric
Colin Allen .... best boy
David Bergeron .... board operator
Sylvain Bernier .... chief lighting technician
Stephane Boisvert .... generator operator: daily
John Brandon .... data management technician
Brian Cassar .... 3d systems technician
Kieran Crilly .... additional focus puller
Simon Desrochers-Laplante .... video assist operator: second unit
Sandro Di Gioacchino .... electric rigging crew
David Dinel .... key grip
Alex Free .... grip
Ben Gervais .... 3D production systems supervisor
Pierre Gill .... second unit cinematographer
Jean-Francois Gingras .... grip
Dan Goyens .... best boy rigging electrician
Jean-Francois Gravel .... digital imaging technician
Soupharak Keoborakoth .... second assistant camera: "A" camera
Martin Keough .... gaffer: Alberta
Christopher Kralik .... rigging electric
Pierre-Luc L'Espérance .... grip rigger
Pierre-Luc L'Espérance .... rigging grip
François Legris .... gaffer (segment: s)
Sandra Lombardi .... camera system engineer: second unit
Brett Manyluk .... camera operator / steadicam: Alberta
Gary Pachany .... additional focus puller
Demetri Portelli .... stereographer/stereo supervisor
Dany Racine .... first assistant: "a" camera
Daniel Sauvé .... steadicam operator
Mathilde Savard-Cloutier .... second assistant camera
Jan Thijs .... still photographer
Joshua Whitford .... lamp operator
 
Casting Department
Julie Breton .... extras casting
Marcy Dichter .... extras casting
Lauren Fernandes .... casting associate
Maribeth Fox .... casting associate
Kevin Kuffa .... casting associate: New York
Heidi Levitt .... casting: USA
David Lowe .... casting assistant
Laura Rosenthal .... casting: USA
Tristan Thibaudeau .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sabrine Canuel .... key dresser
Tara Charran .... truck costumer: canada
Eugénie Clermont .... dresser
Mari-Philippe Comeau .... costume assistant
Carolyn Devins .... location seamstress
Katina Kordonouris .... wardrobe (Buyer)
Valérie Levesque .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Isabelle Bassaglia .... second assistant editor
Fabrice Blin .... colorist
Nafi Dicko .... additional assistant editor
François Dupuy .... technical manager: digimage
Zaghini Flora .... first assistant editor
Aurélien Grand .... 3D dailies manager
Hussam Korkut .... color assistant
Hussam Korkut .... conform editor
Hussam Korkut .... stereo correction specialist
Julien Lecat .... temporary editing
Mathieu Liron .... digital lab operator
Elsa Perrin .... digital lab operator
Rausch Théophile .... 3D dailies manager
Antoine Yar .... digital lab operator
 
Location Management
Lynn Beaudin .... location consultant
Lynn Beaudin .... locations consultant
Pierre Blondin .... location manager
Jason Nolan .... assistant location manager: Alberta
Lucio Tomaro .... location manager
 
Music Department
Edouard Dubois .... music consultant
Nicolas Duport .... music mixer
Elise Luguern .... music supervisor
Hervé Schneid .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Dwight Beard .... picture car coordinator
Lyssa J. Caster .... transportation captain
Alexandre Juaneda .... transportation coordinator
Nicky Luca .... driver
 
Other crew
Chantal Allard .... production assistant
Edwin Amell .... security coordinator
Carles Berot .... trailer and versions producer: advertising and promotions
Ivan Bess .... production supervisor
Martin Brisebois .... production assistant
Fred Cassidy .... translator
Henri-Mathis Côté .... photo double/stand-in
Daniel Desjardins .... production finance controller
Stacey Douglas .... assistant production coordinator: Alberta
André Déry .... production assistant: Montréal
Andrée-Anne Faucher .... production assistant
Laurence Garcia .... production administrator
Alfred Gundry .... production assistant (as Alfred 'Fred' Gundry)
Elizabeth Ridley Hagan .... production accountant
Jean-Francois Hall .... figurant
Jean-Francois Hall .... production assistant
Jaxon Hammond .... stand in: Jakob Davies
Jean-Patrick Joseph .... special equipment supplier
Alexandra Krost .... production supervisor
Lucas Krost .... production supervisor
Louise Laparé .... acting coach
Chanel Lavoie .... assistant to cast: Helena Bonham Carter
Clémentine Lepecq .... production secretary
Angie Marquis .... production office assistant
Julien Messemackers .... literary adviser
Jeff D. Miller .... production coordinator: CAMERON PACE Group
Maud Mischi .... legal & business affairs
Stéphane Moraille .... legal clearances
Stephanie Muir .... production assistant
Emily Pritchard .... stand in for niamh wilson
Emmanuelle Provost .... production assistant
Billy Racine .... production assistant
David Raynolds .... photo double: Kyle Catlett
David Raynolds .... stand in: Kyle Catlett
Benjamin Stern .... medic: Chicago
Neil Swain .... dialect coach: Helena Bonham Carter
May Tam .... production coordinator: Washington DC
Shawna Welsh .... stand in: Helena Bonham Carter
Shawna Welsh .... stand-in
Anne Wermelinger .... script supervisor
Randall Whiteside .... production assistant
Blair Young .... stand-in: Callum Keith Rennie
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements, language and some reckless behavior
Runtime:
105 min
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Trivia:
Kathy Bates was originally cast as Ms. Jibsen, but dropped out due to health concerns and was replaced by Judy Davis.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: In Chicago, the freight train is seen crossing the Lake Street bridge, which is really only used for CTA commuter trains.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Clair:Mediocrity is a fungus of the mind.See more »
Soundtrack:
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39 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet visually masterful take on Reif Larsen novel, 22 October 2013
Author: prescottjudith from France

Only a director with the creativity and imagination of Jean-Pierre Jeunet would attempt to bring to the big screen in English the best-selling novel by Reif Larsen "The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet". The book, described by author Stephen King as a combination of "MarkTwain, Thomas Pynchon and Little Miss Sunshine", is illustrated with charts, lists, sketches and maps to help recount the adventures of the quirky, gifted 12-year-old boy of the book's title . Jeunet has faithfully reproduced the visual elements of the novel to recreate the offbeat world of T.S Spivet and the use of a 3D format is perfectly suited to breathing life into T.S.'s illustrations which Jeunet's does by drawing on his trademark mix of poetry and fantasy. But the plot does not lift from the page and the young boy's eventful journey seems flat and doggedly two-dimensional.

The adventure starts off promisingly enough. T.S.Spivet (Kyle Catlett) lives on a farm in the 'Big Sky Country' of Montana with his amateur entomologist mother (Helena Bonham Carter), his cowboy father (Callum Keith Rennie) and elder sister (Niamh Wilson). A phone call to the ranch from the prestigious Smithsonian Institute in Washington informs the young Spivet that he has won a prize for one of his inventions. Since the death of his twin brother in a shooting accident, Spivet's mother and father have sidelined the surviving son. Feeling neglected and un-loved, T.S. decides to travel on his own to Washington to accept his prize. The journey takes him across America on a freight train and into a series of encounters with a gallery of colourful characters.

While the scenes in Montana are a triumph to Jeunet's bold, sweeping breadth of vision, once Spivet hops on the train, the action, conversely begins to falter. The characters he meets could have come straight from a cartoon strip – ageing sailor Two Clouds (Dominique Pinon) is a dead ringer for Popeye – and they add little or nothing to the narrative or the tone of the film.

As the lead actor, Catlett carries a lot of responsibility for one so young. No one can deny he is as cute as a button – with his oversized trousers and constant puzzled look – but he lacks the range of emotions needed to create real empathy. This may explain why a film about grief remains oddly unmoving until a a scene towards the film's finale which seems unashamedly designed to pull the heart strings. This latest Jeunet is undoubtedly a glorious visual treat, but it lacks the magic and mystery of 'Amélie' his most successful film to date. I

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