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April and the Extraordinary World (2015)

Avril et le monde truqué (original title)
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It's 1941 but France is trapped in the nineteenth century, governed by steam and Napoleon V, where scientists vanish mysteriously. Avril (Marion Cotillard), a teenage girl, goes in search of her missing scientist parents.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Cotillard ... Avril (voice)
Marc-André Grondin ... Julius (voice)
Philippe Katerine Philippe Katerine ... Darwin (voice)
Jean Rochefort ... Pops (voice)
Bouli Lanners ... Pizoni (voice)
Olivier Gourmet ... Paul (voice)
Macha Grenon ... Annette (voice)
Benoît Brière ... Rodrigue (voice) (as Benoit Brière)
Anne Coesens ... Chimène (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlos Alazraqui ... Additional Voices (voice)
Victor Brandt Victor Brandt ... Additional Voices (voice)
Mark Camacho ... Paul (voice)
Tod Fennell ... Julius (voice)
Angela Galuppo ... April (voice)
Paul Giamatti ... Pizoni (voice)
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Storyline

In 1941, the world is radically different from the one we know from history books. Geopolitics has developed strangely: Napoleon V rules France and, for the last 70 years, scholars have been mysteriously disappearing, depriving mankind of their inventions. Without radio, television, electricity, aviation, and the combustion engine, the world is mired in outdated technology, dozing in the previous century's knowhow dominated by coal and steam. In this bizarre universe, Avril (Marion Cotillard), a teenage girl, Darwin (Philippe Katerine), her talking cat, Pops (Jean Rochefort), her grandfather, and Julius (Marc-André Grondin), a young scoundrel and police informer, go off in search of Avril's parents, two of the missing scientists. The quartet will face many dangers and mysteries in this strange new Rigged World. Written by Polly_Kat

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Rated PG for action/peril including gunplay, some thematic elements and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Canada | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

April and the Twisted World See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,413, 27 March 2016

Gross USA:

$295,488

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$495,879
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1.85 : 1
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Based on graphic novels by Jacques Tardi - also a graphic designer on the film. See more »

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The introduction takes the initial backstory from 1870 to 1931. The narrator mentions 70 years have elapsed, but that is actually 60 years. See more »

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April: Lizards? Those lizards took my parents?
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References Metropolis (1927) See more »

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Concerto for Piano in La minor, Op. 54 - Allegro Vivace
Composed by Robert Schumann
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The adventures of the family of scientists.
24 August 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

As a film fanatic who grew up watching lots of 2D animations, I'm very happy to see they're still alive in other parts of the world after Hollywood abandoned them for 3D animations. Especially when it comes to this kind of animation, obviously the France produced some extraordinary films in the recent years such as 'Ernest & Celestine', 'A Cat in Paris', 'Zarafa' et cetera. This is an internationally produced film in the French language, but available in the English language too, which was based on the graphic novel by the French cartoonist Jacque Tardi.

This is the story of a young girl Avril that takes place in the 1940s, Paris. But it all begins many decades earlier that reveals how a family of three generations were pursued by the powerful men. It is the parallel universe story, especially when it comes to the technology, the world is underdeveloped and is in the steam age. This film is about the science and invention where Avril's parents, grandparents were on the verge to invent an ultimate serum. Now those bad guys are after Avril and her cat, Darwin. So before they catch her, she must find her family members if they had survived the crash a decade ago to put an end to all the surrounding mysteries.

Usually Europe means fairy tales with magic stuffs, but this is an sci-fi-adventure. Feels like watching a Japanese anime. Excellent story, the brilliantly developed characters with lots of suspense and thriller, so I don't think it makes sense to call it a comedy or children's film. Definitely for all ages, the film has a bit of everything to please the people from different generations. The sketches were another highlight, very catchy with the low bright colours. Directed by the two new directors, but their's experience is the fine result of this film.

"Cats don't dance. And they don't talk! So be quiet."

It is a beautiful world with the twin Eiffel towers, a bridge in the English channel kind of stuffs, yet it suffers from all types of severe pollutions. The global warming is the hot topic right now, but this film sets in 65 years earlier. So it comes in the line of 'Boy and the World', but all the focus was turned towards the family of scientists and their adventures than to press harder on the important issue. But throughout the narration, it is quite clear the world was affected by without the proper scientific progression and adaptation to save it. Avril might be the centre of the story, but the film character distributed widely and theirs story were well preserved to keep the excitement and pace steady till the end. So be prepared for some unexpected, because it's very matured yet a light humorous film.

The title might give an expression of a cliché, so if you expect a fantasy tale, then you're in the wrong place. But I'm surprised for how unique it was from other sci-fi films. Especially somewhat resembles 'Les Misérables' and some others, yet quite refreshing with all the twist and turns. When the actual story ends, there's an extended scene which makes us to dream for a sequel to come. But it all ended here, so a follow-up is very unlikely. Apart from the story, the technical brilliance was like par with the Animes, especially it reminds Miyazaki's films. These directors must keep doing films like this and who knows they may become the French versions of Tomm Moore.

One of the best animations of the years. A sci-fi which is not a dystopian theme. I said that because that's what very common in the current films. Instead, it is a mid 20th century story and totally an entertaining film with the breathtaking visuals. The story wise, it is nothing less than any similar live-action themes. It should have been very popular by now, but it is not and the reason is it is not a Hollywood. That's really very sad, but if you are an international film fan then you should give it a try and animation fans must not skip it. Like I said you won't often get a film matured, at a time funny as this one where adults and children can sit together.

8/10


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