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Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2013)

Jack et la mécanique du coeur (original title)
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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.

Writers:

Mathias Malzieu (novel), Mathias Malzieu (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Mathias Malzieu ... Jack (voice)
Olivia Ruiz ... Miss Acacia (voice)
Grand Corps Malade Grand Corps Malade ... Joe (voice)
Jean Rochefort ... Méliès (voice)
Rossy de Palma ... Luna (voice)
Babet Babet ... Anna (voice)
Marie Vincent Marie Vincent ... Madeleine #1 (voice)
Emily Loizeau Emily Loizeau ... Madeleine #2 (voice)
Arthur H. Arthur H. ... Arthur (voice)
Dani ... Brigitte Helm (voice)
Alain Bashung Alain Bashung ... Jack l'éventreur (voice)
Cali Cali ... L'homme qui pleure / L'homme trmpette (voice)
Chloé Renaud Chloé Renaud ... La jeune mère (voice)
Moon Dailly ... La petite fille blonde (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samantha Barks ... Miss Acacia (voice)
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for scary images, suggestive material, some language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

5 February 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La mécanique du coeur See more »

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Budget:

$33,746,302 (estimated)
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Trivia

The character of Méliès (Mlis in the English language version) is based on Georges Méliès, a French stage magician, and pioneer in both film and film techniques. See more »

Goofs

Even though this is the first time Madeleine has done the clock heart procedure she somehow knew the three rules. See more »

Quotes

Jack: 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...
Méliès: How did that feel?
Jack: Wonderful.
Méliès: Well, there you go.
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Connections

References Lost in La Mancha (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Lorsqu'Il Travaille À Son Rêve, Il Est Intraitable
Featuring Jean Rochefort, Composed by Dionysos
Backing Vocals by Babet (as Élisabeth Maistre), Johanna Hilaire
© 2014 Barclay, un label Universal Music France
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An Animated young Love story for VERY Mature Teens & Up
4 February 2015 | by Rabh17See all my reviews

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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