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Avril et le monde truqué (2015)

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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.


Franck Ekinci (screenplay), Benjamin Legrand (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Cotillard ... Avril (voice)
Philippe Katerine Philippe Katerine ... Darwin (voice)
Jean Rochefort ... Pops (voice)
Olivier Gourmet ... Paul (voice)
Marc-André Grondin ... Julius (voice)
Bouli Lanners ... Pizoni (voice)
Anne Coesens ... Chimène (voice)
Macha Grenon ... Annette (voice)
Benoît Brière ... Rodrigue (voice)
Angela Galuppo ... April (voice)
Tony Hale ... Darwin (voice)
Tony Robinow Tony Robinow ... Pops (voice)
Mark Camacho ... Paul (voice)
Tod Fennell ... Julius (voice)
Paul Giamatti ... Pizoni (voice)


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 Without radio, television, electricity, aviation, and the combustion engine, the world is mired in outdated technology, dozing in the previous century's knowhow dominated by coal and steam.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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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France | Belgium | Canada



Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

April and the Twisted World See more »


Box Office


$12,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,413, 27 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$294,313, 5 June 2016
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Macha Grenon voiced Annette in both the French and the English version. See more »


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 »


April: Lizards? Those lizards took my parents?
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Crazy Credits

The movie's title is not shown until after the introduction of the initial backstory. See more »


References Metropolis (1927) See more »


Concerto for Piano in La minor, Op. 54 - Allegro Vivace
Composed by Robert Schumann
Piano: Idil Biret
Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, dir. by A. Wit
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A wonderful animation
4 November 2015 | by zeynel-00540See all my reviews

I absolutely LOVED this film! An excellent an complex scenario based on a nice and original "what-if" idea, well-constructed characters, good voices, a well-constructed universe, it was absolutely perfect! The peculiar use of music -only present when music is actually played in the story-, was great, very interesting, and gave a very unique feel to the story. The drawings and animation change from the big modern Disney blockbusters that we've gotten used to, but this is something that actually goes very well with the BD-like style of the film: you really feel like seeing an high-quality comics that somehow came alive, it's fantastic! A must-go!

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