FILM REVIEW: PHANTOM BOY
A BOY who discovers he has a special power while seriously ill in hospital helps a wheelchair-bound policeman in his attempt to bring down a mob kingpin.
This delightfully original animated family film co-directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Lagnol is a French/Belgium production which has been successfully dubbed into English to reach a wider audience.
Leo discovers an ability to drift out of his body and float effortlessly wherever he pleases while being treated for a very serious illness which requires a hospital stay for tests.
It's here he encounters an unconventional but highly dedicated cop, Alex, and an intrepid reporter, Mary, pursuing the same crooks as she chases an exclusive.
Back home, Leo's little sister waits patiently for the big brother who reads to her - little knowing the crucial role she herself will play towards the film's ultimate climax.
Phantom Boy is a beautifully realised, lovingly produced old-fashioned yarn with a whimsical feel that will appeal to all age groups. An audience at Eden Court last weekend sat rapt from beginning to closing credits.
Phantom Boy is screened at Eden Court on Saturday and Sunday morning at 11am this weekend. See www.eden-court.co.uk for more details.