APRIL AND THE EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY WORLD

April In Paris

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews - Dave Golder

re­leased OUT NOW! 2015 | PG | dVd Di­rec­tors Chris­tian des­mares, Franck ek­inci Cast Mar­ion Cotil­lard, Philippe Ka­ter­ine, Jean rochefort

It seems Brian Tal­bot’s Grandville doesn’t have a mo­nop­oly on steam­punk ver­sions of Paris filled with talk­ing an­i­mals. But in this ef­fer­ves­cently imag­i­na­tive French an­i­ma­tion – based on a graphic novel – the steam­punk trap­pings are not merely aes­thetic. The wrong turn his­tory takes, which leaves the world bereft of sub­se­quent sci­en­tific break­throughs, is an im­por­tant plot point.

In 1941, the sooty French cap­i­tal is a sprawl­ing steam­punk me­trop­o­lis, with France on the verge of war with Canada. The or­phaned great grand­daugh­ter of the sci­en­tist who in­ad­ver­tently helped cause this world con­tin­ues his work into an in­vin­ci­bil­ity serum, with the help of her talk­ing cat…

While the char­ac­ter de­signs and an­i­ma­tion are slightly crude, the back­drops and the in­tri­cately de­tailed world cre­ated here are breath­tak­ing. Bet­ter still, there’s a rat­tlingly good ad­ven­ture at its core. Don’t be put off by the sub­ti­tles, as this isn’t just for world cinema con­nois­seurs – it’s a good old-fash­ioned rip­ping yarn.

Ex­tras None.

Jean Rochefort (Pops) played the lead role in Terry Gil­liam’s aban­doned The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

When you see a cat’s willy.

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