Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2019
Language: French
Run Time: 93 minutes


Do inanimate objects have souls? Jeanne seems to think so. For this shy and awkward young woman, the company of bright lights and metal pieces has always been more comforting than the company of people. In the solitude of her room, Jeanne constantly crafts miniature amusement park rides in honor of the grandiose machines she finds so alluring. Jeanne’s relationship with these glittering attractions has always felt special… but one ride in particular is about to change everything. After she starts working as a janitor in a real amusement park, Jeanne finds herself falling in love with Jumbo, the park’s new Tilt-A-Whirl… and the feelings appear to be mutual. As the intensity of their bond grows, Jeanne’s romantic after hours visits with the machine become increasingly passionate. Desperate for acceptance and understanding, Jeanne reveals her deep-rooted feelings for Jumbo to her mother, who finds her daughter’s consuming obsession intolerable. Is the love between Jeanne and Jumbo real or the reflection of a deeply disturbed mind? Inspired by real events, JUMBO is a mesmerizing love story that is as sympathetic as it is strange. Beautifully bizarre, JUMBO is an affecting combination of fantasy, humor, romance, and heartbreak. Keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times, because you’re in for a wild ride. (In French with subtitles) — G.S.

CIFF44 Screenings

Friday, April 03, 2020 at 5:15 PM

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 4:50 PM

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 7:10 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

After Hours

New Direction Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Zoé Wittock

Anaïs Bertrand, Annabella Nezri, Gilles Chanial

Zoé Wittock

Principal Cast
Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot, Sam Louwyck

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