Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
With this year's Jewish International Festival underway, SWITCH has checked out the program - click here to read our reviews.x
review, Phantom Boy, Phantom, Boy, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Audrey Tautou, Edouard Baer, Gaspard Gagnol, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Jackie Berroyer, Noa Bernaoui Savreux, Patrick Ridremont, Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol, Animation, Crime, Drama, Supernatural, Thriller

PHANTOM BOY

★★★★

AN AFFECTING ANIMATION FULL OF WARMTH

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Charlie David Page
4th June 2017

When you start to talk about animated films, your mind probably jumps to the likes of Pixar and Disney. Yet there’s a whole other world out there - starting with Studio Ghibli and continuing out toward the horizon. As the genre flourishes by blending entertainment for adults and children, there are some true works of art being released. Collaborators Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol (creators of the Oscar-nominated ’A Cat In Paris’) have crafted something unparalleled with ‘Phantom Boy’ - with the heart and morals of a Pixar movie and the breathtaking beauty of a Ghibli film.

11-year-old Léo (Gaspard Gagnol) must go into hospital to undergo tests for the cancer he is suffering from. However, he has a secret - since getting sick, he has been able to leave his body and travel around the city. In hospital, he meets a wheelchair-bound police officer named Alex (Edouard Baer, ‘Les invincibles’) who is trying to foil the evil plot of a sinister man with a broken face (Jean-Pierre Marielle, ‘The Da Vinci Code’). With the help of journalist Mary (Audrey Tautou, ’Thérèse Desqueyroux’, ‘Amelie’) and Léo’s watchful eye, they try to stop this criminal from destroying New York City - but will Alex’s relentless pursuit of the case put Mary and Léo in mortal danger?

'PHANTOM BOY' TRAILER

Although a seemingly surreal story, there is something incredibly realistic about this film. Perhaps it’s the no-nonsense approach to the phantom state, the very upfront way Léo’s illness is treated, or the extremely solid vocal performances. All of these elements come together so beautifully, accompanying the stunning and distinctive hand-drawn noir animation style. The film effortlessly blends genres, incorporating elements of crime, fantasy, comedy and drama; it also grows into a surprisingly tense thriller as the team closes in on the villain.

There’s a great warmth to the film, with the animation splashed with bright colours and the relationships that develop over the course of the story. There’s also a wealth of humour scattered throughout, from the most ferociously tiny dog portrayed in cinema to Alex’s aloof yet endearing personality. In the end, this detective and superhero comic book-influenced tale can be distilled to the simple message of good versus evil. It’s all brought together with a harmonious ‘Donnie Darko’-esque score from Serge Besset, a light, piano-possessed composition blended with children’s choirs which provides a perfect ethereal feel.

There’s a great warmth to the film, with the animation splashed with bright colours.

I haven’t seen an animation this affecting since ’Big Hero Six’ - and Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol are proving themselves to be a powerhouse of a special kind of animation. While it's a film designed for kids, it’s sure to be as equally loved by adults with its charm and allure. ‘Phantom Boy’ will give you shivers, but in the best possible way.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: TBA
RUN TIME: 1h 24m
CAST: Audrey Tautou
Edouard Baer
Gaspard Gagnol
Jean-Pierre Marielle
Jackie Berroyer
Noa Bernaoui Savreux
Patrick Ridremont
DIRECTORS: Jean-Loup Felicioli
Alain Gagnol
WRITER: Alain Gagnol
PRODUCER: Jacques-Rémy Girerd
SCORE: Serge Besset
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Looking for more Sydney Film Festival reviews? Click here to check out our collection of this year's highlights.
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw - Dwayne Johnson & Jason Statham's action-packed spinoff
TRENDINGWIN FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAWDwayne Johnson & Jason Statham's action-packed spinoff
Sliders: The Complete Collection - The entire classic sci-fi series in one big box set
TRENDINGWIN SLIDERS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTIONThe entire classic sci-fi series in one big box set
Farming - Caught between two worlds in an mournfully true story
TRENDINGWIN FARMINGCaught between two worlds in an mournfully true story
Judy & Punch - A fierce, darkly comic and epic revenge story
TRENDINGWIN JUDY & PUNCHA fierce, darkly comic and epic revenge story
Charlie's Angels - A new generation of Angels, another barrel of fun
TRENDINGCHARLIE'S ANGELSA new generation of Angels, another barrel of fun
Marriage Story - Simply extraordinary
TRENDINGMARRIAGE STORYSimply extraordinary
And Then We Danced - A passionate and remarkable classic in the making
TRENDINGAND THEN WE DANCEDA passionate and remarkable classic in the making
Ford v Ferrari - A racing biopic that's right on track
TRENDINGFORD v FERRARIA racing biopic that's right on track
Double Lover - Softcore pornography for cinephiles
TRENDINGDOUBLE LOVERSoftcore pornography for cinephiles
School's Out - The children know too much
TRENDINGSCHOOL'S OUTThe children know too much
Official Secrets - Exposing lies at a time of war
TRENDINGOFFICIAL SECRETSExposing lies at a time of war
Emu Runner - Another great win for Indigenous storytelling
TRENDINGEMU RUNNERAnother great win for Indigenous storytelling
Here Comes Hell - High society British horror
TRENDINGHERE COMES HELLHigh society British horror
The Angry Birds Movie 2 - Flying a little bit higher the second time around
TRENDINGTHE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE 2Flying a little bit higher the second time around
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw - Very furious, not so fast
TRENDINGFAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAWVery furious, not so fast
The Land Before Time - 30th anniversary of a breathtaking animated masterpiece
TRENDINGTHE LAND BEFORE TIME30th anniversary of a breathtaking animated masterpiece
Jewish International Film Festival 2019 - The reviews
TRENDINGJEWISH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019The reviews
The Report - Truth and idealism versus the administrative state
TRENDINGTHE REPORTTruth and idealism versus the administrative state
The Irishman - Kissing Scorsese’s ring (again)
TRENDINGTHE IRISHMANKissing Scorsese’s ring (again)
God of the Piano - A tale that tickles the ivories
TRENDINGGOD OF THE PIANOA tale that tickles the ivories
© 2011 - 2019 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us