Doc­tor Proc­tor’s Fart Pow­der

Trump Power

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Dvd & blu- ray -

Re­lease Date: 31 July

PG | 85 min­utes Di­rec­tor: Arild Fröh­lich Cast: Eilif Hel­lum No­raker, Emily Glais­ter, Kristof­fer Joner, Atle An­ton­sen

Jo Nesbø’s bloody

oeu­vre has brought Nordic noir to read­ers world­wide. Less known, out­side Scan­di­navia at least, is his out­put as a chil­dren’s au­thor, a side­line that should get more ex­po­sure with the re­lease of this Roald Dahl- like fan­tasy.

Set in a pic­turesque ham­let, it tells of two chil­dren – sen­si­ble Lise and be­quiffed urchin Nilly – and their friend­ship with Doc­tor Proc­tor, a reclu­sive ec­cen­tric whose latest in­ven­tion makes who­ever in­gests it guff enough to send them air­borne. To Lise and Nilly, this brightly- coloured pow­der is a de­light­ful play­thing they can flog to their school­mates and use to wreak re­venge on a pair of bul­ly­ing twins. But to ty­coon Herr Thrane, it’s a sure­fire gold­mine he’ll stop at noth­ing to get.

This could never be ac­cused of be­ing so­phis­ti­cated. Yet it re­mains a pleas­antly breezy di­ver­sion, grotesque enough in places to re­call Jean- Pierre Je­unet, with an art­fully clut­tered aes­thetic redo­lent of Wes An­der­son. A poignant flash­back to Proc­tor’s lost Parisian love is amus­ingly staged as a silent film pas­tiche, and there’s a WTF in­ter­lude in­volv­ing a CG ser­pent alert­ing kids to the dan­gers of flush­ing pets down the toi­let.

“You may find what fol­lows a lit­tle crude,” in­tones an un­seen nar­ra­tor at the be­gin­ning. “But we can’t help it if you’re a big prude!” You’d have to be a big one in­deed to take of­fence at this af­fa­bly knock­about yarn. Neil Smith

Fun­nier still, that’s all co­caine.

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