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Jack et la mécanique du coeur (2013)

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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.


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3 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
... Jack (voice)
... Miss Acacia (voice)
Grand Corps Malade ... Joe (voice)
... Méliès (voice)
... Luna (voice)
Babet ... Anna (voice)
Marie Vincent ... Madeleine #1 (voice)
Emily Loizeau ... Madeleine #2 (voice)
Arthur H. ... Arthur (voice)
... Brigitte Helm (voice)
Alain Bashung ... Jack l'éventreur (voice)
Cali ... L'homme qui pleure / L'homme trmpette (voice)
Chloé Renaud ... La jeune mère (voice)
... La petite fille blonde (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Miss Acacia (voice)


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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Release Date:

5 February 2014 (France)  »

Also Known As:

La mécanique du coeur  »


Box Office


$33,746,302 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


According to the novella the movie is based on, the name of Jack's hamster friend is Cunnilingus. See more »


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


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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References Lost in La Mancha (2002) See more »


Thème De Joe
Featuring Grand Corps Malade
© 2014 Barclay, un label Universal Music France
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Moulin Rouge + Hugo + Frozen= This amazing film
28 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

While the dialogue is a little muddled due to its French and English combination, that seems to be the only flaw of "Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart." The animation is simply incredible. As George Melies, a character in the story, would put it: "A labor of love down to the last detail!" The characters themselves look like porcelain dolls, and the story is so captivating with its stunning visual effects and dream-like sequences. You are immediately drawn in by the active imagination of the hopeless romantic protagonist, and the struggle he faces while living with a mechanical heart. This film touches upon the same kind of romance as "Moulin Rouge," the stunning aesthetic of "Hugo," and the complexity of ice and love in "Frozen." At first glance it may look silly, but after giving it a chance, I was not disappointed. If you love musicals, animation, and a story that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching, then you will absolutely love "Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart."

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