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Jumbo, which stars Noémie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Paper Flags) debuted at Sundance earlier this year in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition before heading to the Berlin International Film Festival. Based on a true story, the film follows Jeanne, a shy young woman who lives at home with her uninhibited mother and works as a cleaner at an amusement park. During her late-night shifts, she begins spending time with the alluring new Tilt-A-Whirl ride that she decides to call Jumbo — and she strikes an intimate bond with the ride. She ends up being seduced by “his” red lights, smooth chrome and oily hydraulics. As a result, she wants to pursue a thrilling new relationship with Jumbo.


Splitting the difference between “Terms of Endearment” and David Cronenberg’s “Crash” in a way that’s often sweet and surreal - IndieWire


“a weirdly uncouth story handled with rare grace and delicacy” - Daily Beast


“Merlant’s performance is riveting and heartfelt, in-turn bringing bolts and metallic scraps to life as a believable love interest.” - We Got This Covered

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    93 minutes
  • Language
    French
  • Country
    Belgium, France
  • Director
    Zoé Wittock
  • Screenwriter
    Zoé Wittock
  • Producer
    Anaïs Bertrand
  • Cast
    Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot, Bastien Bouillon
  • Cinematographer
    Thomas Buelens
  • Editor
    Thomas Fernandez
  • Production Design
    William Abello
  • Composer
    Thomas Roussel