I need to study French again. Just the other day my daughter, who I truly believe is a master mind of learning every piece of technology that helps her watch t.v. discovered Jack and the Cuckoo Block heart on Netflix. I won’t lie to you, I’ve seen the movie floating around my Netflix account for some time. But for some strange reason I never truly sat down and watched it. I’m not sure why I never watched it until this evening but I’m really glad my daughter decided to watch it tonight.
Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart is amazing because of its unique style of animation. The only way I can describe the animation style of this movie is a bizzard combination of Nicoletta Ceccoli art and Emilie Siminoe’s music. Which for me is a great combination since I was a huge fan of Nicoletta Ceccoli in my earlier days as an art student, and I listened to a lot of Emilie Simone’s earlier work when I was learning French? To all those who know me you can thank Emilie Simone for singing the song “ Flowers”, a song I continue to sing for many years and probably continues to haunt the dreams of anyone who knows me personally. I’m not sure why I love that song so much, perhaps it’s the stop motion animated music video that features all the great monsters playing instruments in the graveyard as a small red headed girl ripes apart a boutique of funeral flowers? Maybe it’s the fact the song is addictive to hear as it is to sing, which only makes it that much annoying for my love ones having to suffer as I constantly sing the song not only out of tone but also out of key. Even though my love for Emilie Simone can never falter it might just share a special place in my heart with the musical genius of this French band Dionysos.
Dionysos is a French rock band that was created in 1993 in Valence, Drome. Don’t panic if you don’t know any French, the band sings songs in both French and English. The band Dionysos, is also known for their surrealism and eccentricity which I quickly realized when watching the music video ‘ THe Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Dionysos lead singer Mathias Mazieu. I’m not sure what it is about the French, that when they speak about love, even romantic and depressingly heartbroken love they do so in such a way that it’s not only enchanting but perfectly romantic it’s literally heartbreaking. ‘La Mecanique du Coeur’ by the lead singer of the French rock band Dionysos is no exception to the artistic exploration of French literature romantic tales of love. The tale of ‘The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart’ is a just amazing modern fairy tale.
The story begins in my dream vacation site of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1874 where a baby was born on the coldest day ever which caused his heart to frozen. The midwife a Docteur Madeleine, grants the baby with a cuckoo clock to his flesh in order for him to live but giving him three golden rules to follow. He must never touch the hands of the clock, he has to control his anger, and he must never ever fall in love. No longer a baby, Jack grows into his defences and does fall in love with a street performer by the name of Acacia who has also taken a liking to him. However, Jack, unfortunately, has a rival who has also fallen in love with Acacia named Joe who torments Jack and his mechanical heart. Through a series of unfortunately events Jack accidentally struck Joe in the eye with his cuckoo-clock forcing him to flee Edinburgh leaving his mother and all the other misfits he has grown to call aunts and male figure he called Grandfather. I don’t want to give too much away but I just absolutely love this entire concept and how absolutely how this music video, the movie, and of course the novel is bursting with dark romanticism.