Your child 3-5 years

Jack and the mechanics of the heart


Do you want to travel to Edinburgh, Paris, Andalusia? To return to the nineteenth century and meet Georges Méliès? Do you like well-crafted songs? Look together, from age 7, Jack and the mechanics of the heart. A love story that mixes fantasy and poetry ...

The story

  • Edinburgh 1874. The coldest day in the world. Jack is saved at the last minute by the midwife, Dr. Madeleine, who gave her birth. Her heart being frozen, she replaces it with a clock, an incredible mechanism! But the little boy can only live under three conditions: one, do not touch the needles of his heart; two, control his anger; three, never fall in love. Too many emotions would kill him! Jack grew up locked up, but at age 10, while for the first time, he discovered the city, his path crossed that of Acacia, a little street singer ... He traveled to Paris and Andalusia to find this love that will make him beat his heart faster than he needs to ...

What we think ...

  • It's a rather dark movie, adapted from a novel for young teenager: Mechanics of the heart and which addresses the themes of love, commitment, difference. By loving Acacia, Jack "disobeyed" his mother. It is only on this condition, by taking risks, that he can grow, live his life and love.
  • The graphics is particularly attractive. The characters are at the crossroads of porcelain dolls full of delicacy and automatons with complex workings. This is a rich universe, full of poetry and fantasy, reminiscent of the films of Tim Burton or Jean-Pierre Jeunet: There emerges something fascinating ...

What your child will love

  • Songs that convey a beautiful energy. They are moving and funny. The music is from the Dionysos group.
  • The character of Acacia, truculent (the voice is that of Olivia Ruiz). Like Jack, she's different. Very short-sighted, she does not see anything without glasses and is covered with brambles when she is afraid, hence her name Acacia!
  • The fantastic universe, the heart of Jack, the ghost train of the horrible Brigitte, the character of the magician Georges Méliès, the adoptive mother half fairy witch who lives on top of a disturbing hill. It is not for nothing that the film starts in Edinburgh, in the nineteenth century, a city of legends, elves, vampires and witches ...

Jack and the mechanics of the heart, by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla, from the book by Mathias Malzieu The Mechanics of the Heart (Flammarion ed.) .1 h 29.

Where to find it?

Agnes Barboux