« Jumbo is a kind of modern fairy tale. »

Zoé Wittock’s first sensitive and audacious movie, Jumbo, is released today and it is our favourite of the week. A good opportunity to talk funfair and female desire with its director and its leading role, Noémie Merlant.

Interview : Caroline Veunac
Image : Olivier Tellier

Reading Time 5 min.

Zoé Wittock
Noémie Merlant


We’ve already seen passions between humans and machines in Philip K. Dick’s novels or in David Cronenberg’s films. With Jumbo, young director Zoé Wittock moves this cyborg imagination in the normality of an unidentified French province. This is where Jeanne (Noémie Merlant), a young woman as inhibited as the mother with whom she lives (Emmanuelle Bercot) is immodest and invasive, falls in love with a fairground ride. Yes, you read that right. It must be said Jumbo is beautiful, with its big articulated arms that make Jeanne glide above the world and its multicoloured light bulbs that shine in the night. From this encounter of the fourth kind, Zoé Wittock ends up with a soft and sensual initiation story, where the discovery of the desire and the assertiveness free from compulsory figures. Zoé Wittock and Noémie Merlant tell us more about it.

Jumbo, July 1st in theaters

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