Just finished The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen. It’s an interesting oversized book about a twelve year old cartographical genius who sets out from Montana to the Smithsonian. It ticked all my systematics, scientific illustration, metanarrative, Montana, magical realism, genuinely heartwarming novel boxes. And T.S. hops a freight train.
Hey you! Yes, you reading this now! Did you like Amélie?
The guy who made that movie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, has made a movie called The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet!
Although the rest of the world has had the chance to watch this movie since it was completed two years ago, the Weinsteins have finally conceded to letting (some of) us Americans see it — it’s currently in selected cities.
For those familiar with Amelie, Jeunet trades the picturesque Montmartre for equally beautiful American heartland vistas as he brings his magical sensibilities to the story of a young science prodigy journeying across the country to accept recognition for this scientific achievement.
For some reason, the Weinsteins have been dragging their feet on this feature and I have seen little to no promotion for it, so if you’re a fan of Amelie or any of his other works, spread the word so people know about this gem.