Albertine Cinémathèque’s April Recommendations for Young Cinephiles
April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué)
Directed by Franck Ekinci and Christian Desmares, 2015, 1h45, PG / recommended for ages 9+
Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when, all of a sudden, a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April lives alone with her dear cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles, and cyborg rat spies. Undaunted, she continues her quest to find her parents and discover the truth behind their disappearance.
Ozie Boo! Save The Planet (Ozie Boo ! Protège ta planète)
Preschool TV show / Recommended for ages 2+
A soft and entertaining introduction to ecology for preschoolers with an optimistic touch and high-quality, real world images. The Ozie Boo Team goes to school like all children around of the world… but their school is the Nature School. The “Ozie School,” built completely out of ice and ice cubes, with frozen benches and pristine desks, is the North Pole school where Nelly, Ned, Fred, Ted, and Ed, our energetic and curious little penguins, ask the same questions all children ask, with four major themes: pollution, natural resources and the climate, species in danger, and protection of the planet.
By Liz Garbus, Documentary, 2021, 1h34, PG-13 / Recommended for ages 14+ (brief strong language, some disturbing images)
Adventurer, filmmaker, inventor, author, unlikely celebrity and conservationist: For over four decades, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his explorations under the ocean became synonymous with a love of science and the natural world. As he learned to protect the environment, he brought the whole world with him, sounding alarms more than 50 years ago about the warming seas and our planet’s vulnerability.
Available on Disney+
A Reindeer’s Journey (Aïlo : Une odyssée en Laponie)
Directed by Guillaume Maidatchevsky, 2018, 1h20, PG / recommended for ages 8+
Meet Ailo, a newborn reindeer who embarks on an incredible odyssey with the help of his mother. Narrated by Donald Sutherland and set against the frozen majesty of northern Finland, their journey is an uplifting story for the whole family.
The Red Turtle (La Tortue rouge)
Directed by Michael Dudok de Wit, 2016, 1h20, PG, Belgium-France-Japan / recommended for ages 9+
This masterfully animated fantasy film tells the story of a man, shipwrecked at sea, who becomes stranded on a beautiful but desolate island. He learns to live in isolation, seemingly tormented in his efforts to escape the island by a giant red turtle. Miraculously, he soon comes upon a young woman also lost at sea and they create a family together.
Minuscule, Valley of the Lost Ants (Minuscule – La vallée des fourmis perdues)
Directed by Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo, 2013, 1h29, France-Belgium / Recommended for all ages
In a peaceful little valley, the remains of an abandoned picnic sparks warfare between two tribes of rival ants. At stake: a box of sugar. So when a bold young ladybug finds herself caught in the middle of the battle, she befriends one the black ants, Mandible, whom together must protect the anthill from the encroaching red ant warriors, led by the fearful Butor.