The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, 2013 - ★★★

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, 2013 - ★★★


“It seems like everyone is leaving in this house” - Tapioca the depressed dog (???)

The whimsical misadventures of boy genius Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet. Day dreamer T.S. runs away from his families remote ranch in Montana, to pick up a prestigious science award from Washington DC's Smithsonian Institution.

Amazingly creative French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet's visually impressive trans-American shaggy dog tale for the entire family. He may have grown evermore mainstream since parting company with Marc Caro years ago, but his films are always worth seeing. A few minor quibbles could have dragged a lesser movie down, like Carter's & Davis's grating support. But they're easy to ignore thanks to the kids solid performances (Kyle Catlett as Spivet, Niamh Wilson as the sister & Jakob Davies as the brother), and stories quirky tone and nonstop pace.

[Personal Reasons For Remembering]

Highlights gotta have been the family dog Tapioca sinking into depression. Darkest moment in the film was Julian Riching, playing a creepy ex vet turned hitchhiker friendly truck driver. And was neat seeing Jeunet regular Dominique Pinon turn up, even though it was pretty much a blink and you'll miss him role.

Originally taken from Letterboxd

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