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Phantom Boy (2015)

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A super-powered boy helps a wheelchair-bound policeman in his attempt to bring down a mob kingpin.

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Alain Gagnol
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Credited cast:
Edouard Baer ... Alex (voice)
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... L'homme au visage cassé (voice)
Audrey Tautou ... Mary (voice)
Jackie Berroyer ... La Taupe (voice)
Gaspard Gagnol Gaspard Gagnol ... Léo (voice)
Noa Bernaoui-Savreux Noa Bernaoui-Savreux ... Titi (voice)
Patrick Ridremont Patrick Ridremont ... Le petit nerveux / Le casseur / L'exterminateur (voice)
Patrick Descamps Patrick Descamps ... Le géant (voice)
Yves Barbaut Yves Barbaut ... Le commissaire (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Armisen ... The Little Guy (voice)
Joey Camen ... The Big Guy (voice)
Robert Creighton
Marcus D'Angelo Marcus D'Angelo ... Leo (voice)
Vincent D'Onofrio ... The Face (voice)
Brian T. Delaney ... Father (voice)
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A super-powered boy helps a wheelchair-bound policeman in his attempt to bring down a mob kingpin.

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My name is Leo and I have a secret


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Rated PG for thematic elements, violence and a suggestive situation | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aavepoika See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,352, 17 July 2016

Gross USA:

$30,987
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Trivia

Jean-Pierre Marielle and Audrey Tatou had previously starred together in The Da Vinci Code (2006). See more »

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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Dream a Little Dream of Me
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Music by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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very engaging kids film with natural warmth and jeopardy
15 October 2016 | by stuartwhyte300See all my reviews

Our young family watched Phantom Boy today at the London Film Festival and really enjoyed the experience. The film has been dubbed into English and the dialogue runs smoothly - doing most of the story-telling in a nuanced, personable and fluid way.

It unfolds as a, perhaps slightly old fashioned, detective story. Leo's ability to travel out of his body is a very useful device to access remote places and to eavesdrop on others actions to help the story along. This also acts an intermediary or buffer to the film's action, helping to flag up wrong-doing, violence and other risks in a mediated manner, which works well for young viewers.

There are hints of the seriousness of Leo's Illness via the private worries of his parents, some physical violence and threatening use of guns but the emotional challenge is not overwhelming and the narrative pace carries you through.

Both our kids said they would want to see the film again and it will probably become a DVD favourite at home, for some time to come. The animated style is more hand-drawn in appearance and not as glossy or heavily automated as major studio animated films can be. This give a certain lightness of touch and warmth to what would otherwise be rather gritty, noir-ish city backdrops.

My only criticism would be the speed with which the story was established and characters introduced. A few minutes more focusing on Leo's arrival at hospital and the discovery and use of his special powers would have pleased me.


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