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Jumbo (15)

Fri 06 Aug 2021 - Thu 12 Aug 2021


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Rated 15


£8* Standard | £5* Student / Under 25s


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Jumbo (15)

Dir. Zoé Wittock
2020 | 93 mins | France, Luxembourg, Belgium
French with English subtitles
Noémie Merlant, Emmanuelle Bercot, Bastien Bouillon


  • Fri 6 Aug: 5.30pm
  • Sat 7 Aug: 2pm
  • Thu 12 Aug: 5pm

Jeanne, an insular, shy young woman, lives at home with her mother and works the graveyard shift as a cleaner at an amusement park. Perfectly happy tinkering in her bedroom with wires, light bulbs, and spare parts, she would rather create miniature versions of theme park rides over spending time with boyfriends, much to her mum’s despair. During her late-night shifts she discovers an alluring new Tilt-A-Whirl ride that she decides to call Jumbo.

Finding herself seduced by ‘his’ red lights, smooth chrome, and oily hydraulics, Jeanne concludes that the thrilling new relationship she wants to pursue is with Jumbo. Writer-director Zoé Wittock brings gleeful energy, buoyant humour, and surrealistic style to an unusual type of love story—one between woman and machine—in her debut feature.

Taking the perspective of Jeanne, who is played with focus and emotion by Noémie Merlant (Portrait of a Lady on Fire), allows us to enter her world of self-discovery and exhilaration for her literal object of desire, while her devoted mother struggles to understand and accept her unconventional choices.


Directed by a woman, written by a woman and starring a significant woman.

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