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April and the Extraordinary World (2015)

Avril et le monde truqué (original title)
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It's 1941 but France is trapped in the nineteenth century, governed by steam and Napoleon V, where scientists vanish mysteriously. Avril (Marion Cotillard), a teenage girl, goes in search of her missing scientist parents.


Franck Ekinci (screenplay by), Benjamin Legrand (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Marion Cotillard ... Avril (voice)
Marc-André Grondin ... Julius (voice)
Philippe Katerine Philippe Katerine ... Darwin (voice)
Jean Rochefort ... Pops (voice)
Bouli Lanners ... Pizoni (voice)
Olivier Gourmet ... Paul (voice)
Macha Grenon ... Annette (voice)
Benoît Brière ... Rodrigue (voice) (as Benoit Brière)
Anne Coesens ... Chimène (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carlos Alazraqui ... Additional Voices (voice)
Victor Brandt Victor Brandt ... Additional Voices (voice)
Mark Camacho ... Paul (voice)
Tod Fennell ... Julius (voice)
Angela Galuppo ... April (voice)
Paul Giamatti ... Pizoni (voice)


In 1941, the world is radically different from the one we know from history books. Geopolitics has developed strangely: Napoleon V rules France and, for the last 70 years, scholars have been mysteriously disappearing, depriving mankind of their inventions. Without radio, television, electricity, aviation, and the combustion engine, the world is mired in outdated technology, dozing in the previous century's knowhow dominated by coal and steam. In this bizarre universe, Avril (Marion Cotillard), a teenage girl, Darwin (Philippe Katerine), her talking cat, Pops (Jean Rochefort), her grandfather, and Julius (Marc-André Grondin), a young scoundrel and police informer, go off in search of Avril's parents, two of the missing scientists. The quartet will face many dangers and mysteries in this strange new Rigged World. Written by Polly_Kat

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action/peril including gunplay, some thematic elements and rude humor | See all certifications »

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France | Canada | Belgium



Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

April and the Twisted World See more »


Box Office


$12,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,413, 27 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$294,313, 5 June 2016
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Macha Grenon voiced Annette in both the French and the English version. See more »


The introduction takes the initial backstory from 1870 to 1931. The narrator mentions 70 years have elapsed, but that is actually 60 years. See more »


Pops: In case anything goes wrong, on my world globe, Uruguay! with a U for urgent!
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Crazy Credits

The movie's title is not shown until after the introduction of the initial backstory. See more »


References Metropolis (1927) See more »


Concerto in C Major for Mandolin
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
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Imaginative but unpolished
19 February 2017 | by ImdbidiaSee all my reviews

Avril and the Extraordinary World is a nice French animated film set in an alternative past that diverts from real historical events starting from 1870. The result is a steam-punk world, dependent on coal first, on tree logging then, a world in constant war and where scientists are used as weapons.

The film has a great start and even the initial credits are beautifully presented. The mood is excellent, and the world depicted is wonderfully imaginative. Although this is mostly a fun and adventure story, there are some interesting environmental messages embedded in the story, as well as a light reflection on the role of science and scientists in Society. The character of Darwin, the talking cat, is utterly charming. The backgrounds are stunning as well as some of the machinery depicted. I found the second half of the movie really engaging, entertaining and with a cohesive story, witty and fun, and the ending was also lovely.

Having said that, this was a disappointing film for me, certainly not what I expected beforehand especially taking into account the raving reviews. There are many reasons for that. 1/ The story needed of better characters. I found Inspector Pizoni unnecessary for most of the film, and too much of a stereotype to be of any interest. Most of the main characters, Avril included, are totally unlikable, frigid emotionally and I couldn't care less about them. 2/ The story needed of a better tempo. The first half of the film is painfully slow and unfocused, and I found myself bored as it seemed to be leading nowhere. However, the film leads somewhere, it is just that part of the film was wandering around unnecessarily. 3/ The story needed of a bit of more humour and fun. At times seems to take itself too seriously! 4/ The movement was chunky some times, very good at some others; the lighting and chiaroscuro were almost non-existent, and the characters were not polished visually. The film was a bit flat visually to me.

The film is enjoyable overall, but it didn't do it for me.

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