This movie follows John F. Kennedy on a very strange journey through a Vosgian forest. It ties in with the graphic novels written by the same author set in an alternative universe where JFK is head of a state called Americania. In this animated adventure he meets a mythological creature and tries to outrun it - with sometimes hilarious twists and turns.
What I especially like about this film are the facial expressions of the characters involved. They are very convincingly life-like and I often had the feeling that I would have pulled the same face under the same circumstances. In general I feel myself very easily transported into this world where lots of things are different but the way people react and talk is very much the same as in ours.
Diana Kennedy did not offer empty promises when she mentions there would be large quantities of leaves. They are a good example of the amazing love for detail that went into this. The scenes in the forest remind me of Asterix movies, which required a lot of people a lot of time to produce. To think this movie has been drawn, inked and animated by just one person is very impressive.
The only thing I would change, if I could, would be to make the film longer. Not because I thought the story was not finished, but because I wanted to see more. I am not sure if it helps to have read the books before watching La bête des Vosges, but even without them you definitely will be able to appreciate its energy and originality.
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