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Jack und das Kuckucksuhrherz (2013)

Jack et la mécanique du coeur (original title)
A 19th-century drama about a man whose heart was replaced with a clock when he was born. The situation dictates that he should avoid feeling strong emotions -- love, most of all -- but he just can't keep his feelings under wraps.


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3 nominations. See more awards »


Credited cast:
Jack (voice)
Miss Acacia (voice)
Grand Corps Malade ...
Joe (voice)
Méliès (voice)
Luna (voice)
Babet ...
Anna (voice)
Marie Vincent ...
Madeleine #1 (voice)
Emily Loizeau ...
Madeleine #2 (voice)
Arthur H. ...
Arthur (voice)
Dani ...
Brigitte Helm (voice)
Alain Bashung ...
Cali ...
L'homme qui pleure / L'homme trmpette (voice)
Chloé Renaud ...
La jeune mère (voice)
La petite fille blonde (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miss Acacia (voice)


Edinburgh, late 19th century. Little Jack is born on a day so cold that his heart remains frozen. Madeleine the midwife replaces his heart with a cuckoo-clock. It will work, as long as Jack follows the rules, mainly not falling in love. But his encounter with a fiery-eyed girl singing on a street corner and his decision to chase after her will test the resistance of his makeshift heart to the breaking point... Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart is a magnificent love story set in an exciting period full of fabulous inventions, eccentric characters and fantastic adventures. Adapted by Mathias Malzieu from his best-selling novel and the gold-selling album by his band Dionysos, this superbly animated movie is about passion and acceptance of others. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

3 July 2014 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Jack und das Kuckucksuhrherz  »

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$33,746,302 (estimated)

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The character of Méliès (Mlis in the English language version) is based on Georges Méliès, a French stage magician, and pioneer in both film and film techniques. See more »


Even though this is the first time Madeleine has done the clock heart procedure she somehow knew the three rules. See more »


Jack: The moment I saw her, I felt a rumbling like an earthquake devastating my clock. My gears started creaking, my tick-tock racing... I was gasping for breath, my head was spinning, my hands were whirring...
Méliès: How did that feel?
Jack: Wonderful.
Méliès: Well, there you go.
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References Die Reise zum Mond (1902) See more »


Candy Lady
Featuring Olivia Ruiz
Written By Mathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz
© 2014 Barclay, un label Universal Music France
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Definitely not for kids...
25 January 2015 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I started to watch this movie with my children, fourteen and six years old. My daughter (the one on her fourteen) was also commenting that her young brother should not be watching the movie due to inappropriate scenes. The boy went playing with his games and stopped watching the movie. Therefore I will let adults judging how good the movie is for adults.

I would like to suggest that this movie should not be watched by kids or young children, or at least watch it first by yourself and then make your own judgment. I would say kids under twelve years old should not watch it although it is rated 6 years old in some countries. The movie is quite dark, fed with cruel scenes and in my opinion is suggesting a fragmented self-image that is not rebuilt at the end. A child is not prepared and has not the capability of self-reconstruction when exposed to such movie.

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