Phantom Boy

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 16:00
Vancity Theatre
$9 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli
France, Belgium

In French with English subtitles

Hospitalized with a serious illness, eleven-year-old Leo discovers that he is able to leave his body and fly around New York City, passing through walls just like a phantom. One day, Leo has a chance meeting with police officer Alex. He is confined to a wheelchair after his injury at the hands of a scarfaced kingpin — a villain who has just taken control of the city's power supply and given the Mayor a twenty-four-hour ultimatum. When Alex learns of Leo's abilities, they partner to become a crimefighting duo. Along with fearless reporter Mary, they will race against time to save the city.

From the writing-directing team behind the Academy Award-nominated A Cat in Paris, Phantom Boy is a stylish animated film about a young boy who saves New York — with the help of some new friends and a mysterious ability. Filmmakers Gagnol and Felicioli spent five years making Phantom Boy, and their effort shows in every delightfully detailed frame. Continuing their fascination with the "animated film noir," the film pays shadowy homage to classic gangster movies. They capture the energy of New York City with a distinctively French sensibility. The heart and soul of this adventure is young Leo, whose unique gift requires him to make some difficult choices, as he learns what it means to make a sacrifice for the greater good.

Recommended for ages 10+ 

Themes: illness, adventure, crime fighting, friendship

Parent advisory:  animated comic book violence; guns and gunplay; explosions; brief scene in adult entertainment club; brief scene of dog knocked out.


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Réal. Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli | France, Belgique | 2015 | 1h 24mn
En français avec sous-titres anglais

Alors que rien, apparemment, ne le destine à être un super héros, Léo, 11 ans, découvre qu’il a la faculté de sortir de son corps et de traverser les murs. Cette merveilleuse et hilarante aventure est le dernier dessin animé des auteurs du célèbre Une vie de chat, nommé aux Oscars 2012. Recommandé pour les 10 ans et plus.

Thèmes: maladie, aventure, intrigue policière, amitié